Hockey Canada along with many other sheep think if you're from Europe you're automatically " more skilled." This brainwashing is too far ingrained to fight it anymore. One of the many reasons I seldom watch a regular season NHL game... The league is too watered down with Euros and too many teams.
Exactly what i have been saying for years, a Gretzky today WON'T happen because Canadian teams keep drafting Sven instead. American teams have no problem drafting Canadian players but our teams are in love with Sweden. It's like a teenage boy's infatuation. I'm sorry but I don't like cheering for a swede player on the Leafs who in a few months will be ecstatic to beat our international Canadian team in the Olympics or any other tourney. When he comes back after beating us, we clap and accept him like nothing has happened. Doesn't anyone else think this is snafu thinking ? No, we've taken this 'we love everyone' ideal too far. Sweden doesn't do this, nor any other country.We are bringing kids over from Europe at an early age and paying their ticket to take the place of a Canadian boy. I'm against it. If that makes me racist,well then, I'm racist. I only sing one anthem. Let Sven stay at home and play and learn. After all, he is 'more skilled.'
Look at where most of the Euros picked in the 1st round play- the OHL. If we want more Canadians playing in the NHL we have to stop doing this. Toronto's 1st pick, 29th overall, is a swede-Sault OHL. There was no other Canuck kid good enough ??????? Let's start worrying about our own.
2nd pick was a Barrie Colt player and he ends up going to an American team Carolina. Does this make sense unless Carolina was paying for his stay over here ? Why are we grooming foreign players in Barrie to play for a southern Amer team ??
Everyone seems OK with this and then we have the foolishness to ask why a Canadian team has not won the Stanley Cup for 25 years. Boy, we are stupid !
When I went to my son's tourneys the towns met us with open arms. There were deals for motels and restaurants. Maybe times have changed. That was over 20 years ago.