Why can't Czech Republic, Finland, Slovakia produce any great skaters anymore?
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01-04-2013, 07:36 AM
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Only Canada has more year-round ice rinks per capita than Finland. Infrastructure, accessibility and popularity of the sport aren't the problem in Finland even though it is an expensive sport. Hockey's still a very attractive option for the most athletically gifted kids just because it's much "easier" for a Finnish kid to became a well-paid pro player in hockey than pretty much in any other sport. BUT we really need some new, young quality players and NHL stars - let's just hope our current top prospects like Granlund, Armia, Teräväinen, Vatanen, Määttä, Barkov etc. can eventually make it in the NHL.
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