Thanks for the venomous reply!
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We got creamed at the Olympics by the Swiss, enough said.
Have you ever heard the expression 'every dog has it's day'?
Also, our most coveted trophy is being slapped over by a bunch of Europeans in the SCF. All of our kids grew up idolizing the wrong guys, or at least the scouts did because they have their priorities all out of whack.
Sure, Detroit has a few more key Europeans than your average team, but look at the key players on the Stanley Cup champs the last few years - Neidermayer, Pronger, Getzlaf, Perry, Brind-Amour, Staal, Lecavalier, Richards, St. Louis...
What's wrong with kids idolizing European players? What's that got to do with anything anyway?
Now a days we have two nancies like Spezza and Markov dance in a circle for 2 seconds because the last time they fought was when their big brother took their Sega Controller when they were playing the second level of Sonic the Hedgehog.
Not making comparisons or anything, but you would admit that Wayne Gretzky was a pretty good player? And Steve Yzerman, perhaps? Those guys weren't exactly physical either. Does that make them 'nancies'?
You are blowing the physical element of the game way out of proportion. Yes, you need it, but not out of all your best players. Team Canada is intimidating enough without having to resort to gooning it up.
And let's not forget that it is our dominance of the game that influenced hockey all over the world. There's a reason why they now talk about countries like Russia, Sweden, the Czechs and Slovaks playing a more 'Canadian style' of game.