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11-30-2013, 08:46 PM
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This seems to get asked a lot. The direct reason is probably Sweden and Finland have several hundred rinks and Norway only several dozen... The harder question to answer is why did Finland and Sweden over the past few decades build hundreds of rinks, and establish hundreds(?) of clubs while Norway didn't.

When you think of all the things that hockey has working against it both present day and historically it's a minor miracle it's as 'global' as it is. IMHO Sweden and Finland (or any other country) liking and being good at hockey is more baffling than Norway (or any other country) not caring about or being good at hockey.

With all that said Norway has made some nice progress in recent years. The question is can they maintain their current level and improve on it.

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