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01-27-2013, 04:35 PM
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Still, making the Olympics is huge if we want the sport to take a leap forward in this country. Remember what Nagano did for curling? Even if our hockey team would not win a medal, they would dominate Olympic coverage in the Danish media. Our hockey team is a lot closer to the best in the world, than any other Danish participant except for curling. They would make up 60-65 percent of the Danish athletes.

Considering that the sport's main challenge in Denmark is to break through to the average sports fan, this kind of exposure is invaluable. It could lead to rinks being built in cities where people hardly know of the sport at the moment. Increasing the number of rinks and with that the number of players is the biggest thing that could happen if we want to improve internationally.

It seems to me that we have already experienced everything else one might realistically hope for that could have increased the sport's exposure: Players in the NHL, great results at the WC, raised level in the top national league. The level was pretty damn good before the financial crisis and well beyond what most teams could afford. Participating in the Olympics is almost the last hope if we want to connect with the average sports fan.

Denmark's hockey population is probably 3-400,000 at the moment. In the sense that this is the number of people who live in areas where there is a rink and where hockey matters. Imagine if that number increased to 5.5 million...

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