And to add to that, why isnt the Norwegians good at hockey, when their neigbors are amazing?
Thats because Norway got around 30 icerinks and before this season there had not been built a new one since the olympics in 94. Compare that to sweden who has around 300 icerink and Finland who has about 200 and you get the picture.
The north and south of Norway is completely without icerinks. The west of norway got 3 and there is 2 in the middle of the country (Trondheim). The rest is located in the east. Hockey get no exposure in the media, there its just soccer, soccer, soccer, skiing, skating, skiing, soccer.
Fortunately there is planned to double the number of icerinks in Norway now, the attendance of hockeygames has rised for the last 10 years and hopefully the national TV Channel starts to show some hockey since they got beat for the rights to soccer. So the future looks promising and maybe in 10-20 years Norway can beat Sweden in hockey too, as in just about every other sports.