Hockey in Europe and growth
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07-21-2012, 12:09 PM
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
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So basically what you are saying is the past couple of years has been a strong class of players and the talent is dropping off in the future?
Hopefully the success of Medvescak in the EBEL and possibility of joining KHL will attract more fans and get more kids interested in playing.
Yes, there were strong class of players, who were talented enough, but whose parents were financialy strong enough to paid them their play abroad.
There are two main problems in Croatia. First is lack of infrastructure. We have only ONE ice rink that is just and only for ice hockey and ice sports overall. Then there is "Dom Sportova" (Home of Sports), primarly built for ice hockey, but could host other events as well. After Medvescak joined EBEL, many kids came to play hockey but now we have problem of not having enough ice for all of them. Then second problem is coaches. Not educated enough, but much worse is they don't care, only thing important to them is to get money from parents. Imagine how "good" our coaches are when they are playing with two lines in categories U14 and U16...that is just one of many examples.
So, two main tasks to improve our hockey : 1.) Built new rinks
2.) Get foregin coaches for youths (even more important than no1.)
With fans we have no problems. Medvescak is in top20 clubs by attendance in Europe
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