Thread: Spain: Spanish Hockey?!
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03-18-2012, 05:13 PM
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connor macdavid
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I've been to Spain and Portugal many many times.

Barcelona does indeed have a hockey team, and I've watched a few games in their arena (which is situated right next to the Camp Nou, Barcelona's football pitch). I have to say the caliber of hockey was pretty crappy.

Portugal's national team played three games back in 2000, and hasn't taken to the ice since.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portuga...ce_hockey_team

Spain's team is more established but still pretty crappy (though they've got a team which competes at the IIHF Junior level). In 2010 they were promoted to Div. 1 of the IIHF World Champ.'s, but in 2011 they were sent back down to Div. 2 after being blown out of the water by the Netherlands (8-2) and Hungary (13-1), but it's also important to note they only lost by two against Italy (2-0), who ended up being promoted out of their division.

Spanish hockey is stuck at a crossroads, they can either wither away with a lack of mainstream athletic interest (as they seem destined to), or fundraise/seek government funding, and make a push to be a consistent division 1 squad.

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