Canadian like to go one about how Canada has the greatest hockey players. They ignore the steady decline in the % of Canadian players in the NHL, the 7 straight failures in the WJC and the fact that although they are currently on the upswing, they failed to win a single international tournament between 1990-and the Olympics. Then they go on about how much depth Canada has and that their third team ciould be everyone else too. I decided to see what the facts say by looking at the results of the two major second-tier tournaments, the Spengler Cup and the Would Hockey Championships. World Hockey Championship 1985 Czechoslovakia 1986 Soviet Union 1987 Sweden 1989 Soviet Union 1990 Soviet Union 1991 Sweden 1992 Sweden 1993 Russia 1994 Canada 1995 Finland 1996 Czech Republic 1997 Canada 1998 Sweden 1999 Czech Republic 2000 Czech Republic 2001 Czech Republic 2002 Slovakia 2003 Canada 2004 Canada Canada 4 out of 20 Spengler Cup 2004 Team Canada (Canada) 2003 Team Canada (Canada) 2002 Team Canada (Canada) 2001 HC Davos (Switzerland) 2000 HC Davos (Switzerland) 1999 Kolner Haie (Germany) 1998 Team Canada (Canada) 1997 Team Canada (Canada) 1996 Team Canada (Canada) 1995 Team Canada (Canada) 1994 Farjestad Karlstad (Sweden) 1993 Farjestad Karlstad (Sweden) 1992 Team Canada (Canada) 1991 CSKA Moscow (Russia) 1990 Spartak Moscow (USSR) 1989 Spartak Moscow (USSR) 1988 USA Selects (USA) 1987 Team Canada (Canada) 1986 Team Canada (Canada) 1985 Spartak Moscow (USSR) Canada 10 out of 20 Total 14 canadian wins in 40 tournaments. Good but not overwhelming and certainly no evidence of dominating depth of talent. I can hear the Canadian whining already. "Boo hoo, we didn't send our best players to those tournaments." Well, neither did anyone else. Overall, it seems likely that Canadian hockey is on an upswing. But over the last 20 years, they have hardly dominated either best-on-best competitions or secondary tournaments. Lastly, the Canadians have no place to go but down. The world is catching up. Counties like Awitzerland are suddenly developing playuers. The US now has more kids playing hockey than Canada and is just beginning to see players develop in secondary hockey locals like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. In 10-15 years, the Canadians will be lucky to have a 1/3 of the NHL players.