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10-25-2011, 07:06 AM
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Some countries where hockey is at least taking some strides in the right direction seems to be Norway, Denmark and Slovenia. Theese countries produces better talent theese days and some sucessful players should spark some more interest there. I know that the numbers of indoor rinks is increasing in both Norway and Denmark. Slovenia has very few rinks, but at least had a increase from 7 to 11 rinks in a short span of time (acording to IIHF numbers).

Theres no reason why hockey couldn't gain more popularity in Europe, the NA-posters must however realize just how big other sports like Football, basket, rugby and handball is over here. I don't ever think we will see a day when the average sportsfan in the big countries like France, Spain, Great Brittain or Italy care about hockey. Theres better hope that hockey grows as a sport where it allready have a fothold like in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

On a sidenote, hockey is in a good place in Sweden, getting lots of media attention, have ok attendence numbers and good tv-ratings. It's the nr.2 sport in the countrie in terms of what sport people care about. The national team continues to be very popular. Handball is popular in some towns and is much cheaper to play than hockey. It would be hard to seriously make a argument that it's more popular than hockey in Sweden though. The media attention and the attendence figures for the Handball-league isn't even comparable to the hockey-league.

Last edited by cheerupmurray: 10-25-2011 at 07:16 AM.
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