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11-03-2012, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Imaginary Threats View Post
The rise of Denmark as a hockey nation just proves we don't really have an excuse anymore. Obviously external stuff prevents us from becoming a true hockey power but we no longer have an excuse for not being able to produce NHL players, the problems lie within the system.
Yeah because it's not that many years ago when Denmark lost to GB in hockey. It started to change slowly through 90's probably because to our proximity to Sweden, that allowed promising young players to play there while going to school. But still the money for danish hockey is still minute and it's almost all based on passion within hockey families. But getting good coaches and trainers was what changed it slowly around from C-group to A-group.
With the money GB could throw in the olympics, they could get a hockey going fairly fast if they wanted. Denmark still have very few skating rinks (around 20 shared with figure skating and curling) and players (4000 all included), since it's up to local communes to invest in rinks (and they have small budgets).
Our olympic qualification has to be played in Vojens where the AL-bank team SønderjyskE comes from. It's a town of massive 7.666 people (also famous for their Speedway history). They should be quite a number of GB towns over 7.500 people that could manage as well, being proud of their elite hockey team instead of playing (very) lower league football.
All it takes is one hockey fan running for mayor (which if i remember correctly actually is partly the reason Rødovre has a hockey club and have produced Lars Eller, Mikkel Bødker and Jannik Hansen). So GB hockey fans - get into politics

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