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02-17-2010, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by 007 View Post
There are others who could answer this question better than I could, but I believe that the Finnish government made a conscious decision to spend money on hockey infrastructure in the 50's and 60's, which led to a boom in the game's popularity.
I don't know where I heard this, but the story goes that Finland and Norway, at the time about equal when it came to hockey, both were presented with this plan for investment in hockey infrastructure as you call it. Finland took it and blossomed, Norway didn't and fell way behind.

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