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04-19-2013, 03:39 AM
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Originally Posted by EbencoyE View Post
The problem isn't really the number of players (look at Slovenia), it's the lack of rinks in those countries. It's hard to develop any kind of a game when ice time is so rare and expensive.

North Korea is only decent because they have a northern climate and outdoor rinks, otherwise they would be just as bad as the rest of them.
Well when you're down to those numbers it's kind of a combination of everything. Plus no ice hockey culture to begin with. And Slovenia also has the great benefit of being part of the Austrian league system(both top tier, second tier and U20) which helps a lot to stay competitive.

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