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04-29-2012, 09:21 PM
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American here- Sweden is definitely great at producing NHL caliber players, probably more so than the US. But better than Canada? Absolutely not-

As for the ratio of players in the sport, I can't speak for Canada, but in America the number of people playing hockey is practically nothing. American football, baseball, basketball, all blow away hockey on every level, and as for total numbers that play the sport even including non-organized pickup style games, I think soccer, volleyball and tennis still beat out hockey in popularity. It has to do with accessibility.... hockey just costs so much to play here, and I don't imagine that's different in Canada either. Kids grow up playing sports that are accessible, and for many families hockey is never even an option

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