How popular is hockey in Denmark?
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12-08-2012, 11:58 AM
Join Date: Apr 2012
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With good players like bodker,ellers,regin and plenty of young guys comming in, how popular is hockey in Denmark?
With Danish players in the NHL and Denmark in the elitedivision Hockey actually get some coverage in newspaper, which almost never happened before.
So from once being an exotic sport, most people actually know it exists now
But in popularity meaning kids that want to play it, you run into the problem of finding a rink to actually play on and having parents with deep pockets since it's quite expensive.
If you come from one of the towns in Jutland that have a hockey-team, it's more likely that a kid would actually choose to play hockey on his/hers own accord. In Copenhagen I think it's more or less exclusively kids of hockey families that play or can get their close friends to play as well. There are so many other options that its still a very unlikely choice.
Then you have huge chunks of Denmark without any rinks at all, where it's not an option at all.
If you see the map of the pro-clubs on eliteprospect.com
Clubs exist in the suburbs of Copenhagen -> Rødovre, Herlev, Copenhagen (Hvidovre). Then also five amateur clubs Gentofte, Gladsaxe, Rungsted, KSF, Amager, but outside of Copenhagen in the rest of Sjælland or the islands south of there......a big NOTHING.
It would also help a lot of we could get hockey more established in Århus (Denmark second largest town and on the eastcoast of central Jutland, just under the "snotty nose of the face of Jutland"), but it's still only a small amateur club. That creates also a big hole between Herning and Aalborg with no opportunities. (only Silkeborg and Aarhus amateur clubs, but they hardly will produce any NHL talents)
Anyways what a derby Aarhus-Randers could potentially be in hockey
A Vejle/Kolding club and Næstved + Slagelse could really fill out some of the blank holes in hockey Denmark.
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