It's interesting how austria can produce so many interesting players (Brandner, Setzinger, Nödl, Rotter, Divis, Divis etc.) considering how few rinks they have and how low the interest in hockey is there.
With Brandner and Divis more or less playing in the NHL Hockey in Austria has entered somewhat of a boom. Attendence is going up, the national Team has had some success.
Most notable over the last few years is the good work in the development system of young players. Some youngsters already play in Germany, Switzerland or even Finland and the competition in the austrian leagues has become better.