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Josh Ogden and Jonathon R. Edwards

Organizations in a sport system compete against one another while working together to sustain a competitive environment and to provide opportunities for competition at the provincial/state, national, or international level. This paper is a multicase study comparison of the elite sport development systems of Canada and Sweden to explore the differences and similarities between their approaches to the delivery of ice hockey. Semistructured interviews took place with participants from North America and Europe. Additional data came from media articles from Canada and Sweden. Findings revealed six themes/characteristics: the cost of hockey, residential boundaries, the player selection process, skill development, early specialization, and coaching. The results suggest that Canadian and Swedish hockey systems offer two different approaches to elite player development (closed vs. open systems), resulting in different trajectories regarding international success in the World Junior Championships and in the number of players drafted into the National Hockey League.

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Marty K. Baker, Jeffrey A. Graham, Allison Smith and Zachary T. Smith

should be developed in “fun based activity only” and “through programmes centred around game-based and fun activities, with 100% involvement at all times” ( Scottish Football Association, 2018a , para. 3). Scotland’s materials explain the ultimate goals of their approach, “The player pathway is

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Daniel Wigfield and Ryan Snelgrove

rules for kids following backlash . Toronto Star . Retrieved from https://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/2017/09/29/hockey-canada-loosens-rules-for-kids-following-backlash.html Ontario Hockey Federation . ( 2017 ). Initiation program . Retrieved from https://www.ohf.on.ca/players/player-pathways

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Thomas K. Ewing

sports. Indeed, just as there are well conceived and articulated ‘player pathways’ in Australian representative cricket, so too could there be well-articulated representative coach pathways. Four examples of significant apprenticeships follow: a. Bill Walsh coached Washington High School in 1954, then

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Mark De Ste Croix, Abigail Priestley, Rhodri Lloyd and Jon Oliver

development. This, in part, could explain the variability in the fatigue-related response; however, as these were girls on an elite player pathway, selection processes appear to have reduced the variability in maturation. However, this does not mean that within the U13 age group that a range of neuromuscular

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Martyn Rothwell, Joseph Stone and Keith Davids

statistics implicate issues which have been associated with player pathways synonymous with rigid, linear optimal performance models in sport ( Phillips, Davids, Renshaw, & Portus, 2010 ). Viewing player development pathways through a lens of complexity sciences (i.e., the study of complex adaptive systems