Canada’s Hockey Decline: Letan Explains Why

“It’s not unusual to see Canada’s talent, which has been a benchmark for over 100 years, overtaken by Americans. It tells us that the country has development problems.”

Renaud Lavoie made this hypothesis and tried to explain why there are fewer and fewer Canadian players among the NHL’s top scorers. For Christopher Retan, who has lived in the United States for a long time, it’s more of a matter of money, he showed in the TVA Sports podcast “Lavoie-Letang” recorded Wednesday. Listen here:

“If we talk about resources, more money is invested in American hockey compared to Canadian hockey. Pittsburgh penguins advocates have no doubt about it. Hockey is popular across the United States. Even in places where hockey isn’t popular, a lot of money has been injected for young people to learn how to play.

According to Retan, there is a big gap between Canada and the United States. And this is from a very young age.

“Minor hockey here and hockey I know in Quebec are not the same game panties! I have a budget from 5 to 6 years old. All young people of the same age will play together for the rest of their lives. I, I played with a lot of children. The money injected to create the program has nothing to back it up in Canada. No one invests so much money. This is the beginning of the problem. ”

But Retan wanted to create an important nuance.

“At the same time, NHL hockey has changed a lot. It’s a lot like college hockey. In comparison, junior hockey was a carbon copy of the hockey we saw in the NHL. Hockey is changing.”

Constantly expanding

In addition to the economics, Retan believes that the different ways of thinking of Americans play a major role in this transformation.

“Because I live in the United States, I noticed that I’ve invested a lot in my kids since I was 5 years old. They spend more time caring for their kids’ sports than working, it’s It’s incredible. America’s vision for sports is quite different from when I grew up in Quebec. It’s a long-term plan, not a hobby. ”

With this in mind, nothing is left by chance.

“Money is invested in facilities and coaches. Coaches focus on individual skills. There is a gym in the changing room where you can practice shots and improve your skating. 6 ~ From the age of seven, they are treated almost like professionals! Whether they are good or not, it’s the way in the United States. ”

Despite all the money spent, “Hockey will never be the number one sport in the United States, Retan admits, but hockey is explosive and will continue to do so. Let’s do it. ” “It’s an ever-growing sport.”

For the first time in NHL history, we were able to realize that Canada has only two of the top 20 scorers of the season.

In fact, there were no less than six representatives in Canada. Currently, only Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid and Nashville Predators’ Matt Duchene are in the top 20.

Podcast Overview:

1 minute:

Christopher Retan looks back on the bad streaks penguins are experiencing (3-6-1 in the last 10 games). “There is no excuse. You have to find a way to play better and win, but at the same time, the error tolerance is very narrow. You lose many games with one goal.”

7 minutes:

Retan praises the hurricane for showing “the best work ethic in the league.” “It is Rod Blind Amour who brings this identity to the whole team.”

11 minutes:

Retan commented on the suspension of four games imposed on Evgeni Malkin for the cross-check in the face of Predators’ Mark Borowicki. “I don’t want to defend Evgeni, but I don’t think it was his intention to attack Borowicki head-on. It’s not his style.”

16 minutes:

Does Retan consider Malkin one of the 100 greatest players in NHL history, as Mike Sullivan believes? “Yes! It’s totally ridiculous that he wasn’t in the top 100 so far,” he said.

24 minutes:

Chris and Renault are trying to understand why there are fewer and fewer Canadian players among the NHL’s top scorers.

Letang focuses on individual skills and talks about the different visions Americans have of developing their children’s athletic performance.