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12-27-2012, 10:03 AM
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Dont forget this tournament is in Ufa, city of KHL club, so many people is simply not interested in tournament (except for Russian games) because they are watching way better hockey in KHL than this one.
I totally agree, and it's a great reason to never host this in Russia. Russians have better hockey to watch. I'm pretty sure the Finnish & Swedish leagues are better too. Really no reason to have it outside of Canada.

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12-27-2012, 10:12 AM
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Well, they're going to play in Malmö. So it won't be stacked. Not even half-full.
Im going. The interest for the WJC has grown a lot in recent years but you can count on the arrangement will be screwed like the WC. Wrong city hosting and prices not matching what people want to pay for tickets -> Empty stance and hosts ask themselfs why people dont want to see hockey. They sohuld put the tournament in Stockholm Gothenburg or up north. Lower the prices for the less attractive games and voila there will be people on the games.

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12-27-2012, 10:13 AM
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Have to agree with you.
I have always been amazed how this tournament gets raised so high in these forums. Floorball is nearing the amount of attendees of the tournament over here.
Actually floorball is quite good analogy to this tournament. I'm sure absolutely anybody knows about the sport outside of the couple of hot spots. The tournament is really just between Finland and Sweden every single year. Finals gather full 13 000 arenas.


But after all that trolling. I will say i personally quite enjoy the tournament.
Where is the floorball forum so I can post about how I don't care about floorball?

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12-27-2012, 10:41 AM
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I thought we established last year that Canadians are very much not alone in caring about this tournament. Last year around 600k Swedes (about 8% of the population) watched the gold medal game in the middle of the night. Pretty sure a gold medal game at normal hours would get up to 2 million viewers now. Also, 10000 people showed up in Sthlm to celebrate the gold medalists even though a full round of SEL was being played at the same time.
The WJC has become a sort of happy holiday-tradition while the WC is more and more considered a B-tournament. Sure, casual viewers still watch the WC, but there's way more buzz and excitement around this tournament among hockeyfans.


Christer Englund, the President of the Swedish Ice Hockey Association and IIHF Council member said the WJC gold medal last year was his happiest gold medal-moment, even surpassing the olympic gold medal in Turin 2006.

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12-27-2012, 01:00 PM
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Well, they're going to play in Malmö. So it won't be stacked. Not even half-full.
Whats it like in Malmo? I have been thinking of visiting Sweden for while now. I was figured can visit Sweden and watch hockey two birds one stone.

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Russia is not yet at their Christmas vacation
Yes, the vacation starts at 30/Dec and lasts till 08/Jan.

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12-27-2012, 02:17 PM
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Whats it like in Malmo? I have been thinking of visiting Sweden for while now. I was figured can visit Sweden and watch hockey two birds one stone.
Some swedish say it's like living in the Middle East. Lots of immigrants. Personally i haven't visited there.

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I thought we established last year that Canadians are very much not alone in caring about this tournament. Last year around 600k Swedes (about 8% of the population) watched the gold medal game in the middle of the night. Pretty sure a gold medal game at normal hours would get up to 2 million viewers now. Also, 10000 people showed up in Sthlm to celebrate the gold medalists even though a full round of SEL was being played at the same time.
The WJC has become a sort of happy holiday-tradition while the WC is more and more considered a B-tournament. Sure, casual viewers still watch the WC, but there's way more buzz and excitement around this tournament among hockeyfans.


Christer Englund, the President of the Swedish Ice Hockey Association and IIHF Council member said the WJC gold medal last year was his happiest gold medal-moment, even surpassing the olympic gold medal in Turin 2006.

Right, but how much can be attributed to Sweden winning gold and/or being in the gold medal game?

Is it like Russia where nobody cares until "Russia wins gold" is in the papers. People then care for a day, then its forgotten again.

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12-27-2012, 02:45 PM
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Right, but how much can be attributed to Sweden winning gold and/or being in the gold medal game?

Is it like Russia where nobody cares until "Russia wins gold" is in the papers. People then care for a day, then its forgotten again.
The tournament kicked off in popularity 07/08 when Sweden lost the gold medal game and has grown each year after that. Guess you could say that's what made people care at first, but they haven't stopped caring since.

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any details on the attendance of the Slovak v. Russia game.
it looked like a packed house to me.

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12-27-2012, 07:41 PM
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I thought we established last year that Canadians are very much not alone in caring about this tournament. Last year around 600k Swedes (about 8% of the population) watched the gold medal game in the middle of the night. Pretty sure a gold medal game at normal hours would get up to 2 million viewers now. Also, 10000 people showed up in Sthlm to celebrate the gold medalists even though a full round of SEL was being played at the same time.
The WJC has become a sort of happy holiday-tradition while the WC is more and more considered a B-tournament. Sure, casual viewers still watch the WC, but there's way more buzz and excitement around this tournament among hockeyfans.


Christer Englund, the President of the Swedish Ice Hockey Association and IIHF Council member said the WJC gold medal last year was his happiest gold medal-moment, even surpassing the olympic gold medal in Turin 2006.
A couple million Russians watched the WJC final too, that doesn't translate to attendances in a junior tournament it is not as popular as it would be in Canada or ever will be in Canada.

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any details on the attendance of the Slovak v. Russia game.
it looked like a packed house to me.
6.5k If memory serves me right. The Canada game was sold out last week, not sure what the U.S game will get but it is on a Friday night so we should see close to a sell out.

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12-30-2012, 03:01 AM
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Bumping this so the mods would merge the other thread with this one.

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Some swedish say it's like living in the Middle East. Lots of immigrants. Personally i haven't visited there.
Depends where you are. Some suburbs possibly, but when you're in the city it feels like any other decently sized european city.

I live 20 mins away, I'll go one or two of swedens games. Like others said, don't expect any people at non-sweden/denmark games.

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12-30-2012, 04:42 PM
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Switzerland puts Russia to shame: the Spengler Cup game between Canada and Mannheim was full of cheering fans. The Swiss have nearly 90 years of cup tourney fan support. The Russians have a lesser history and lesser apparent fan support for non-national teams it seems. Russia is like the USA of hockey. I get the impression that Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and to some extent my Canada have a lot of fans of the sport INDEPENDENT of the national team: a true sign of love of the sport imo.
where should we start laughing?

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12-30-2012, 05:06 PM
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where should we start laughing?
I guess we can start laughing when we compare the attendance for the Sweden-Switzerland games at both 2012 and 2013 WJHCs. I think it’s a good sample (at least to compare the general interest to hockey between Canada and Russia) as both Sweden and Switzerland weren’t host countries, played very good hockey, and were in the same groups two years in a row.

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Oh well. Both games were very close (went to a shootout)

2012 Attendance: 14,782
2013 Attendance: 2,359

Now you can start laughing.


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