Why doesn't Norway produce NHL players?
Posted 16 February 2006 - 01:12 PM
Posted 16 February 2006 - 03:43 PM
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Posted 16 February 2006 - 04:30 PM
Probably more than hockey I think...
Still, Norway managed the hat trick last year, earning promotion to elite group in seniors, U-20 and U-18. But the U-20 is already back in B-pool... and they failed for Olympics, as Latvia scored several late goals to come back and win the decisive game...
Posted 16 February 2006 - 10:36 PM
I wonder if Swede or someone else can answer how much government spending goes into youth hockey in Sweden and Finland? It may be as simple as that - but again that could be effect and not cause.
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Posted 16 February 2006 - 11:08 PM
Scandinavia is such a hotbed for hockey, as the NHL has so many good Swedish and Finnish players. What's up with Norway? Don't the kids play hockey there? Anyone who has some insight on this, I'm interested in what you have to say.
Maybe because they go out & get "lilly hammered" too often? I know that was bad, and theres a lot more where that came from. :-)
Posted 17 February 2006 - 12:10 AM
Anyone know why the Chinese or Japanese dont produce any hockey players?
I have always said that hockey is hard to put out there cause unlike basketball or baseball you need a specific place to play it. But China and Japan both contain alot of cold climates so whats the deal?
Posted 17 February 2006 - 01:05 AM
I asked my friend a while back and she said that basically Norwegians are too into cross country skiing and those types of winter sports to devote as much time to hockey. It's certainly played there and they do have professional leagues, but they aren't as die-hard about it like Swedes or Finns. Same thing with the Danes, I guess. Maybe it's more like a hobby than a serious competitive sport? I dunno, I'll pick her brain again about it.
Edited by MaddDog, 17 February 2006 - 01:05 AM.
Posted 17 February 2006 - 01:54 AM
Posted 17 February 2006 - 02:11 AM
Posted 17 February 2006 - 02:13 AM
Not too long ago the Blues drafted a Norwegian named Thor Vikingstad, I thought it was a joke but that's his real name.
I think Espen Knutsen is Norweigen, too.
Posted 17 February 2006 - 02:55 AM
He played in the NHL All-Star Games also.
The lone Norwegian in the NHL today is D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen from Columbus I think. There's a few guys who played juniors in Canada (Patrick Thoresen, Joakim Jensen, Mattis Olimb...)
Posted 17 February 2006 - 05:28 AM
In norway skiing, and in the summer soccer, are the no1 sports.
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