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03-13-2013, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by SwissGrog View Post
We are 8 million people. To be good in NHL you have got to have the size AND the talent.
There are few swiss player that have both: and every single one of them can play at a net wage (after taxation) of at minimum 350'000+$. This in a League with 50 game in RS, a lot of time for your family and friends and the possibility to sleep in your bed at your home every night.
That makes a lot of sense. I did not know that Swiss hockey players get paid so much. Plus, Switzerland is a beautiful and highly developed country. I can see a player in Magnitogorsk, for example, wanting to play in North America even with that kind of salary. But Switzerland seems like an amazing place to live in. (No offense to anyone from Magnitogorsk)

But still, the population aspect isn't a big excuse; 8 million puts you guys right in between Sweden and Finland. But yeah, Switzerland always puts up a good fight in the Olympics; many close matches. Hopefully they see some success soon in that regard. And of course, Sweden and Finland had a big head start in terms of hockey.

Do you think a Swiss star in the NHL would make a difference? It seemed like players like Salming made a difference in Sweden. Brunner looks like he's going to be great for the Red Wings.

Originally Posted by Maverick41 View Post
The big population is the point. Getting decent attendance figures is not that hard in Germany. Especially when 3 or 4 clubs (Berlin, Cologne, Mannheim and to a lesser extent Hamburg) boost the average with their attendance figures.

The problem is to get more kids into playing the game. And when you look at the number of players in Germany it is not that surprising that we lack quality players. The number of rinks relative to the population is also pretty pathetic.

Now add incompetent leadership, often mediocre coaching and questionable structures in youth hockey, and hockey in general, and you get why we are who we are when it comes to hockey.

It is all about football here and that's not going to change. There is still a lot that could be done for improvement, but that takes us back to the leadership issue.
I hope Germany is able to establish more rinks and get better leadership for hockey. With such massive population and wealth, Germany has the potential to be a major hockey power. And the attendance figures for teams like Berlin is awesome.

Is Germany improving? Do you see it heading in the right direction? Or is it kind of stagnating? Would a German star player in the NHL make a difference?

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