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by Paul on 05/31/13 at 06:29 PM ET
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
If the Canadian Hockey League bans European goalies, it will mark a reversal in its treatment of visiting talent.
A few years ago, James Wisniewski of the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers was suspended five games after he called Slovakian Stefan Ruzicka a “Euro” and received a gross misconduct penalty from a sharp-eared linesman.
Now comes talk that the CHL will look into banning Euro netminders to correct a perceived crisis in developing top Canadians at the position.
CHL commissioner Dave Branch has expressed concern at the lack of Canadians making their mark, be it the NHL where the Vezina Trophy finalists all are European, to the starters on three of the four Stanley Cup finalists to the CHL’s top goalie, Czech-born Patrik Bartosak of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels.
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