The best Canadian players use controllers, now.
Yeah, I'm not really sure why people would be upset that the game has become more global, and will likely continue to do so. Honestly I wouldn't care a bit unless one specific country passed us as the top hockey nation. But if the world collectively catches up, that's great for hockey.
if im reading between the lines properly, I am seeing that same little brother angst that i always see, lol.
i agree with your point, anyways. id like the game to be as global as possible. When you beat the world at soccer, you really beat the world. Hockey is still six really interested good countries, and a few of them are more interested in other sports.
It will continue to decline over time, but still, makes me proud to be Canadian,
I'm sure there are millions of hockey players from other countries who can outplay me, but none of them learned the game in the home of hockey.
A tiny fraction of the population producing that much elite talent is pretty cool - with any sport, with any country.
Well that's what happens when you expand too much and water down the product....you have to compromise on the ingredients ...
No it doesn't.
I don't see the issue. Canada is still clearly the world leader. 45 per cent from one country (especially one of 36 million compared to the massive populations of the US and Russia) is impressive.
This only makes sense, as the sport continues to evolve. The number will continue to get lower and lower as the years go by. It has absolutely nothing to do with the amount of talented players Canada is producing, and everything to do with the fact that other countries are starting to develop more and more quality players.
However, you cannot discount that less kids are growing up playing hockey in Canada. It used to be all the best athletes would go play hockey. Now they are playing basketball, soccer, volleyball, and many other sports. I think it still fits the stereotypical rural small towns, where hockey is king but urban centres have less and less kids playing hockey and more playing other sports.
It's even more impressive when you compare Canada's 36 million to the massive populations of China and India. Those countries aren't much good at cross-country or alpine skiing either.
No offense, but that has to be one of the most bizarre statements I have heard on this sub-forum. How would one determine if the "best athletes" are playing hockey or not?
Back in the day, the better athletes were encouraged to go play hockey as that was their best chance to become a professional athlete and make a career of it. Now, good, young athletes are encouraged to pursue many other sports as there are greater options for them than in the past.
I gues other Sports are becoming increasingly popular and cheaper in Canada.
I don't think Canada produces the best goalies as much as they used to. Other countries have already caught up in the top level goalie department. I have yet to rank the top 20 goalies but off the top of my head I see an international influx.
Other sports are cheaper for parents to put their kids into and the development programs cost way too much.
The percentage is irrelevant, Canada will always be able to select the 23 players you need to assemble a national team and those 23 players will comprise a team that is more skilled and deeper than everyone else for the next generation and beyond. Because Canada has something similar to the "Sisu" of the Finns have, for those who don't know Sisu is what Finns refer to as a stoic determination and tenacity to punch above their weight, grit bravery etc. Canada has this too, its a fighting spirit to win gold in hockey more than anyone else because its in our blood more than anyone else.
I don't buy this doom and gloom propaganda, people have been claiming the decline of Canada for decades and then Canada just goes out and wins a bunch of golds again. We saw this in recent memory at the world juniors from 2010-2014 when Canada didn't win gold, but since then we've been to 3 of the past 4 gold medal games (2015, 2017, 2018) taking 2 golds and losing the third in a shootout (2017)
The talk of Canada's "decline" was all over the international section of this site from the years 2010-2014 with regards to the junior level, yet the hypocrisy today is that you don't hear anything about the Russians or Swedes who haven't won gold since 2011 and 2012 respectively, and who are currently in longer droughts than Canada was in.
Do Americans get so upset over falling % US born players in the NBA and MLB?
Canadian inferiority complex on full display in these threads. Take it is a compliment that our sport has international appeal.
I hate to break it to everyone but there is no such thing as a "Canadian inferiority complex" in actuality the only thing that exists is a false history of American propaganda that continues to be taken into account more than the reality..allow me to explain.
The first recorded game of Baseball occurred in 1838 in Beachville, Ontario, it is the first documented game of baseball in North American history, baseball "America's Pastime" is in actuality yet another Canadian sport.
Basketball as we all know was invented by Canadian Dr. James Naismith. Full Stop.
When we look at NFL style football we can also look back to 1874, the origins of football in the US not surprisingly come from Canada yet again - History- May 14, 1874 How Canada created American football
Hockey of course is a Canadian invention/sport.
What is more striking is that for a nation as large and influential as the US is a nation that has never invented a single sport of its own. I think this is extremely noteworthy and a reality that is ignored far too often.
Teams more wary of drafting Russians cause of Filatov, Zherdev & Yakupov ? As well as ones who suddenly defect back to KHL like Kovulchuk & Datsyuk.
I know our GM doesn't like drafting them or acquiring them unless their goalies (Bryzgalov, Khudobin, drafting Bobkov in 09) as they seem the least likely to defect to KHL unlike the Forwards.
Ironically with expansion the number of canadians in the NHL is roughly equal(just slightly less) then when it peaked in the 80s
I think that is still a ways off as elite hockey programs at younger ages are happening in Canada as well, particularly in the west.
In the 70's you had to look really hard for impact Canadian NHLer's from BC or the maritime provinces and now there are even top prospects coming out of Newfoundland.
The product isn't watered down at all, this argument is really weak and shows a poor understanding of the actual game and screams stat watching from the 80's to today.
That's the thing one really can't determine that at all.
I have to agree, simple fact is the world has gotten better at playing hockey and those players make up all the players we see on expansion teams since the 80s
Basketball has international appeal and when the U.S started to get beat in basketball at the olympics and their college stars were not a lock to get it done anymore the U.S got antsy real quick and started pushing for the pros, I remember plenty of articles in the U.S media at the time pushing the agenda.
They didn't like that the Europeans were starting to get their number one bit.
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