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07-30-2007, 12:04 AM
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Chinstrap
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Best Dutch Hockey Player?

As I am part Dutch, I have always wondered why there aren't more Dutch hockey players. It just seems to me like it would be natural.

One of the best speed skating countries + One of the best field hockey countries + reasonably sizeable population + MANY canals which freeze in the winter + lots of flat land, which would surely make the best outdoor rinks in the world = Elite hockey country?

But no. Instead, there have been no Dutch NHLers, very few Dutch players outside of the Netherlands, and a mid-range International team (albeit with very nice jerseys). Why?

I know Jeff Heerema is of Dutch descent, I'm pretty sure that the Staal brothers are part Dutch (by ancestry) and Neidermayer is a Dutch last name. And after the success of players such as Anze Kopitar, Thomas Vanek, Cristobal Huet and Yutaka Fukufuji, it seems that being from a non-tradition hockey country is no longer a deterrant from making the NHL.

My questions:
1) Who's the best Dutch player right now?
2) Why isn't hockey more popular in Holland?
3) What does the future have in store for Dutch hockey?

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