Sport: Tough & Triumphant

National characteristics not only show up in food, fashion and love, but also in sport—particularly in ice hockey. Canada's own game is like the land itself: rugged and bruising, a body-contact sport something like a combination of lacrosse (another Canadian game) and football. European hockey is so different as to be barely recognizable at times. While Canadians are trained to deliver solid body and board checks, the Europeans tend to play hockey like soccer, as a game of finesse with greater emphasis on pinpoint passing and Fancy Dan pattern plays.

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