Hockey in Italy, Hungary and Poland...?

KariyaIsGod*
10-12-2005, 02:44 PM
Hey, I'm Canadian and have been wondering about some of the world's other leagues. Not the DEL, SEL, FEL and what not, but the lesser known leagues in countries that may not be percieved as traditional hockey countries.

What are the pro leagues like in Italy, Hungary and Poland? Are the players comparable to say, Swedish Elite League players in terms of skill or is it more at a CHL level?

Also, how poluar is hockey in these countries? Good attendance? Many pick-up games? Do the players in these pro leagues make decent money? Who are the main stars?

Any answers to these questions would be hugely appreciated.

Thanks

paquito
10-20-2005, 03:25 AM
The hockey is not the most popular sport here in Hungary so the attendance
is low but at the rivalry games there are 2000-3000 fans. But itís popularity
has increased since our sport tv televises NHL games.
Our hockey sport has gone through a huge improvement in the last few years
some ice arenas were built, Slovakian, Swedish, Canadian coaches were hired
and they said the Hungarian players are technically smart but there are huge
phisically shortcomings.
Our biggest stars are goalie Szuper Levente who won Memorial cup with 67ís
and Calder Cup with Flames and was backup behind Turek in Calgary for 6-8 games
and he was also in the St. Louis system and now heís playing in Italy.
The other is Vas Janos who was drafted and signed by Dallas Stars and currently
playing for their AHL affiliate Iowa Stars.

Some interesting things:
- A few years ago Budapest was one of the only capitals
(maybe Albanian Tirana was the other) in Europe that hasnít
had a single indoor ice rink!!!
- Jason Strudwick and Rob Niedermayer were playing here during the lockout.
- Our National Team played against your Canadian team twice in the
last 3 years. One of the Canadian team was very strong with Luongo,
Heatly,Ö in their line-up.

Thatís all for now and sorry for the poor English.

KariyaIsGod*
10-20-2005, 11:31 AM
The hockey is not the most popular sport here in Hungary so the attendance
is low but at the rivalry games there are 2000-3000 fans. But itís popularity
has increased since our sport tv televises NHL games.
Our hockey sport has gone through a huge improvement in the last few years
some ice arenas were built, Slovakian, Swedish, Canadian coaches were hired
and they said the Hungarian players are technically smart but there are huge
phisically shortcomings.
Our biggest stars are goalie Szuper Levente who won Memorial cup with 67ís
and Calder Cup with Flames and was backup behind Turek in Calgary for 6-8 games
and he was also in the St. Louis system and now heís playing in Italy.
The other is Vas Janos who was drafted and signed by Dallas Stars and currently
playing for their AHL affiliate Iowa Stars.

Some interesting things:
- A few years ago Budapest was one of the only capitals
(maybe Albanian Tirana was the other) in Europe that hasnít
had a single indoor ice rink!!!
- Jason Strudwick and Rob Niedermayer were playing here during the lockout.
- Our National Team played against your Canadian team twice in the
last 3 years. One of the Canadian team was very strong with Luongo,
Heatly,Ö in their line-up.

Thatís all for now and sorry for the poor English.


No need to apologize... I appreciate the info... Thanks

attis76
10-22-2005, 05:18 AM
Hi!

I consider myself a little bit of canadian,since I lived-and hopefully,will be back-in Toronto for 4.5 years. :yo:
And I'm a huge Maple Leafs fan!!!! :bow: :yo: :yo:
Unfortunatelly I hasn't been able to watch any of the games this season,since we got no TSN,CBC,etc.As far as I know they(hungarian sport channel)only aired two games, NY vs. NI and NY vs.Philly that's about it.I don't know why they are so hung up on New York. :dunno: I mean they hasn't been in the Playoffs since ages!
Anyway Hungarian Hockey is upish and coming!There are major developments in this sport in our country.We even wanna host the 2010 world championships,despite the fact,we are still in the B-league.

to be continued...

TORRUS
10-31-2005, 12:44 PM
Some interesting things:
- A few years ago Budapest was one of the only capitals
(maybe Albanian Tirana was the other) in Europe that hasnít
had a single indoor ice rink!!!



I don't know what you're talking about but I used to play in Budapest arena prior to the fire. It was very nice and big arena with another rink underneath.

zambonidriver
10-31-2005, 06:28 PM
I don't know what you're talking about but I used to play in Budapest arena prior to the fire. It was very nice and big arena with another rink underneath.

...but burned down a few years ago...:-((( two years or so there was no indoor rink at all in Budapest

Jazz
11-01-2005, 03:57 AM
You can see info on these countries, and other 'lesser' countries in Europe here:
http://www.internationalhockeygang.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=5

TORRUS
11-01-2005, 04:13 AM
...but burned down a few years ago...:-((( two years or so there was no indoor rink at all in Budapest


Yes, I tought that he was reffering to that period of time. Anyway the arena is even better now!

zambonidriver
11-01-2005, 10:54 AM
Yes, I tought that he was reffering to that period of time. Anyway the arena is even better now!

and they have a few new practice rinks too, which is for me even more important while itīs crucial for minor hockey...

Karsten
11-01-2005, 03:02 PM
Hey, I'm Canadian and have been wondering about some of the world's other leagues. Not the DEL, SEL, FEL and what not, but the lesser known leagues in countries that may not be percieved as traditional hockey countries.

What are the pro leagues like in Italy, Hungary and Poland? Are the players comparable to say, Swedish Elite League players in terms of skill or is it more at a CHL level?

Also, how poluar is hockey in these countries? Good attendance? Many pick-up games? Do the players in these pro leagues make decent money? Who are the main stars?

Any answers to these questions would be hugely appreciated.

Thanks

You need to visit International Hockey Forums (http://www.internationalhockeygang.org/forum/index.php?)

All European leagues - big and small - are covered in this forum, even with box scores from most leagues.
The forum is extremely active, and you will find all sorts of experts on European hockey: Professional hockey journalists, webmastrs/writers from all important European hockey sites (incl. Eurohockey.net, hockeyaarchives.info, hockeyarena.net, hockeytime.com etc. etc.). You will even find IIHF players, hockey agents, coaches, referees and former GMs.

Best of all: the Forums are not biased towards any particular league. Hockey is Global!

Kiraly
11-08-2005, 06:49 PM
You can see info on these countries, and other 'lesser' countries in Europe here:
http://www.internationalhockeygang.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=5


That's a pretty good site...

...thanks for the link.