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The CHL May Ban European Goalies

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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silversailer's avatar

Doesn’t that seem kind of….Racist???

Yeah don’t correct the problem by having your goalies improve, just ban the better ones from your league!

Of course this isn’t going to help, the NHL is still going to draft the best goalie, whether they play in your league or not isn’t going to make a difference.

Posted by silversailer on 05/31/13 at 08:26 PM ET


Funny/absurd solution to the issue. So they are saying that 2 or 3 foreign/American goalies in each league with 20 teams in each somehow is depriving Canada of better goaltending? No, that isn’t really the issue. They just want to deny good competition for foreign goalies, so they don’t improve and take up Canadian draft spots. This has nothing to do with improving Canadian goaltending, it is all about trying to keep foriegn goales down. It won’t work, but it shows you the mindset within Hockey Canada.

Posted by timbits on 05/31/13 at 08:58 PM ET

Primis's avatar

This all sounds like a very CHL way of dealing with a problem:  instead of addressing it at the root, blame the symptom.  Then wrap it all in a nice package of Canadian Pride and try to sell it to people.

The CHL is proably scared.  Overseas leagues and junior development are improving.  The US junior system is slowly and steadily improving (and growing).  The CHL has done everything it can then to also try to keep US collegiate hockey down but it hasn’t exactly worked.

It’s stupid.  Truth is there’s still plenty of room in the developmental ecosystem for the CHL, but they can’t get over them not being the dominant force anymore.

Posted by Primis on 05/31/13 at 10:03 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

It’s also counterproductive or, perhaps, foolishly short sighted.  If you make the quality of competition weaker, the players developing wont be as tested and won’t get as good an experience to learn from.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 06/01/13 at 08:57 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

example #122 of Canadians freaking out because hockey really isn’t “their game”

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 06/01/13 at 10:06 AM ET

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