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07-22-2016, 11:50 AM
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Growth of hockey in Iceland

I've heard that hockey is growing in Iceland, but how fast is it growing? Does anybody think it could eventually crack the top five sports there?

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Apart from soccer, I know not of one sport associated with Iceland. What would be the top 5 anyway? Would hockey not already be in top 5?

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Handball is bigger than football on Iceland. They won olympic silver a few years back. In terms of a top 5 of sports, I must admit that my knowledge is very limited. I would assume that handball and football is 1 and 2 but what comes next, I couldnt answer

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they're pretty good at chess

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Handball is bigger than football on Iceland. They won olympic silver a few years back. In terms of a top 5 of sports, I must admit that my knowledge is very limited. I would assume that handball and football is 1 and 2 but what comes next, I couldnt answer
Thats Team Handball to North Americans.

To answer the question, I dont think they have the population to support 3 major sports on such a level.
They are already vastly overperforming in the sports in which they are competitive, at least in terms of population.

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Let's put this in perspective shall we.
The whole of Iceland have a population of just 332,529 (2016-01-01), that's smaller than London, Ontario.
And according to IIHF they've only got 3 rinks and 511 registered players, probably a lot less than London..
Their soccer team just made a huge splash in the European Championship, which could drain attention from all the other sports.
I highly doubt that hockey can make any real progress in this tiny country for a foreseeable future.
Sure no one ever said they'd make a name for themselves at international level but still.
In order to grow the population sort of must do too or perhaps some other popular sport must fail miserably.


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They played on European Champioships in Football, handball and basketball. Which is amazing with just 300,000 people

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They played on European Champioships in Football, handball and basketball. Which is amazing with just 300,000 people
It is, and no one is taking that from them, just saying we think they have reached their capacity.

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Let's not forget that a team from Iceland was the big competition in one of those Mighty Ducks movies, so they got that going for them

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According to wiki something like one in five hundred people in Iceland plays hockey, and apparently they have a larger hockey density than Slovakia. (Although you can't really compare them when you consider the difference in population) Food for thought though.

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1 in 500 is a bit too much. That would give Iceland 665 icehockey players. According to the IIHF statistics for 2015, Iceland has 511 active hockey players, which is something close 1 in 650. Just the raw numbers of having so few players makes it hard for Iceland to anywhere. Slovenia, probably the biggest overachiever in hockey right now, has 1000 active hockey players. A country like Hungary has 4600.

Btw. Slovakia actually has a higher density of hockey players than 1 in 500, coming in at 1 in 470.

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I dont think that 300k ppl lives in Iceland.

Many lives abroad as far as I know. Up to 40-50,000 ppl. So if i am right about this, your ratio seems more accurate

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