February 19, 2014

Russia Hasn't Been a Hockey Power for Years

Barry Petchesky, Deadspin

The Associated Press

There will be a tendency to blame Russia's superstars, of which there are many, but this was a team failure. Some of the best players in the world are Russian, but Russia is not one of the best hockey nations in the world, and has not been for a long time. Olympic success has dried up since other nations began sending their pros, and the Russian/USSR national team has not won a true best-on-best tournament since 1981's Canada Cup. Russian hockey dominance is a Cold War-era relic.

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