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Monday, 3 November 2008

Going To The Polls

Here's something you don't see on this site very often: politics. The American populace heads to the voting stations tomorrow in an effort to choose the man they want running their country for the next four years. Being that I'm a Canadian, I have my preference, but that's neither here nor there. Instead, Hockey Blog In Canada has decided that it's time for a little vote on this site regarding some issues in hockey. After all, politics is all about the issues, right? I mean, you can't just get by on looks and "hockey mom" jokes, can you?

Anyway, I want to see what the readers think when it comes to some of these issues, and this is an easy way to do it. You don't even have to put your name on your ideas - much like tomorrow's ballot for the Presidency.

Answer these questions if you like. Much like tomorrow's vote, there's no obligation to do so, but it is your civic duty in the blogosphere! I kid, I kid. Without further adieu, here are your topics.

General Information

Hockey Issues

Ok, so there's a little sampling of what's on the ballot for Hockey 2008-09. Feel free to vote in the next few days. I'll close the voting by next Monday evening at 9PM EST. Get your vote heard, and I'll post the results next Monday evening!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!


Lee S. Hart said...

The question about the NHL and Olympics is a good one. I'm down here in the U.S. and I believe that we will not win another gold medal in Olympic Hockey if we just throw a buch of our all stars on a team. What we accomplished in 1980 involved a team of men who practiced and worked together as friends and a team. Their main goal was to win at the Olympics. A team of NHL All Stars doesn't have that same desire. Playing with people you usually play against and trying to find that chemistry in a short time will prove to fail. Especially in the U.S. where the egos are greater than the skills. Obviously this isn't true for other countries, but I think it's the only way for US to win gold.

TopekaHockeyFan said...

Lee, you are right on the money. As it says at the end of the movie Miracle "Ever since we started using dream teams, we've seldom lived the dream." If we switch to recent college grads that we are able to take and put them in a system where they all work together then we will see the U.S. winning a gold again. I can see it working for other countries also, Canada has almost as much skill in it's junior leagues as it does in the NHL.

Teebz said...

Great comments. I think the US National Program out of Ann Arbor is a start, but, as Topekahockeyfan said, there needs to be a post-college US National program as well for the USA to return to glory.

However, the youthfulness of the younger American stars in today's NHL could shift the balance of power. Less Chelios, Roenick, and Tkachuk... more Kessel, Kane, and Johnson(s).

Lee S. hart said...

You're right about the youthfulness of today's stars. Roenick wasn't invited to be on the last Olympic team.