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Canada or Russia?

November 20, 2008

In the NHL and around the world, it’s generally known that the best hockey players come from either Canada or Russia. I had a debate with a friend a while ago about the best players and where they’re from. So I decided to do some research and tried to find the best modern hockey players from each country since 1990 to now. Here are the players I found (in alphabetical order within each country)… I will leave it up to you to decide which country boasts the better talent.

CANADA:

Wayne Gretzky- known as the Great One, no further explanation needed. Scored 894 career goals in 20 seasons.

Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky

Mario Lemieux- probably regarded as the best right-handed shooter in NHL history, known for his size and fluid skating skills as well as his puck handling. Scored 690 career goals in 17 seasons.

Mario Lemieux

Mario Lemieux

Joe Sakic- has one of the most feared wrist-shots, so powerful he can score from above the key, usually scored when goalies were least expecting him to shoot because he was so far out. Scored 625 career goals in 20 seasons.

Joe Sakic

Joe Sakic

Steve Yzerman- one of the toughest and most intense leaders on the ice, always found a way to score especially in crucial moments. Scored 692 career goals in 22 seasons.

Steve Yzerman

Steve Yzerman

RUSSIA:

Pavel Bure- known as the Russian Rocket, terrorized opponents with his mach-3 speed and excellent puck-handling skills. Scored 436 career goals in 12 seasons.

Pavel Bure

Pavel Bure

Sergei Fedorov- probably the NHL’s best Russian player in terms of longevity and efficiency. Special knack for scoring. Scored 476 career goals in 18 seasons.

Sergei Fedorov

Sergei Fedorov

Alexander Mogilny- a lesser known star, but a goal scoring machine nonetheless. Scored 473 career goals in 16 seasons.

Alexander Mogilny

Alexander Mogilny

Alexander Ovechkin- probably the league’s most exciting and talented scoring phenom right now. Scored 171 goals in 4 seasons.

Alexander Ovechkin

Alexander Ovechkin

Only Sakic, Fedorov and Ovechkin are still playing in the NHL this season. Again, this was an attempt to find the best players in the modern era from 1990 and forth. There have been some older players who were as good as the ones listed, but I don’t have enough data or experience watching them, so I don’t feel I would do them justice by listing them here.

Now let’s see what the readers think, which country has produced the better talent?

~Runteldat~

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A hockey haven in the middle of nowhere…

November 18, 2008

What do Jonathan Toews, Zach Parise, Jordan Parise, and Sidney Crosby have in common?

They are all former students of a private high school in southern Minnesota known for it’s hockey program, Shattuck St. Mary’s. The school is a college preparatory boarding school with an emphasis on excellence in the fields of ice hockey, soccer, figure skating and the arts. (www.s-sm.org)

Shattuck is widely known across the country as one of the top youth hockey programs, if not the best. It’s so praised that the Great One, Wayne Gretzky’s son attends the school now.

Here are some pictures of some current NHL players who attended Shattuck:

Jonathan Toews- Chicago Blackhawks

Jonathan Toews- Chicago Blackhawks

Kyle Okposo- New York Islanders

Kyle Okposo- New York Islanders

Zach Parise- New Jersey Devils

Zach Parise- New Jersey Devils

Sidney Crosby- Pittsburgh Penguins

Sidney Crosby- Pittsburgh Penguins

As you can see, the list is pretty impressive, especially seeing how well Sidney did in his only year at Shattuck… Sid the Kid had 72 goals and 162 points in 57 games, which is even more stunning considering Shattuck’s coach Tom Ward used four lines consistently and refused to give out extra ice time to any kids, reinforcing his team-first philosophy.

So if you have kids and they have grand dreams of someday playing NCAA Division-1 college hockey or the NHL, and you have $35,000 to shell out per year for your son/daughter’s education & hockey growth, there’s no better place to send the kid than to Shattuck St. Mary’s.

After all, if they make it big in the NHL, they can always pay you back for your love…

~Runteldat~