I'm very proud that swedes can compete on this level. We are a people of 9 million. The russians are a bigger country with lots of people. They have a strong hockey tradition (like sweden) and have produced some of the greatest players of all time, Tretiak, Kharlamov, the green line, etc. From time to time sweden can produce superstars but the russians do it all the time. At the moment the NHL players from these countries are about equally strong but I don't se it happen for long.
I'm very proud that swedes can compete on this level.
Me too. While there's a significant difference in population numbers, the number of registered hockey players for Sweden and Russia is similar according to Wikipedia (not a 100% credible source, I know).
% of Population
There are two nations with a higher % of population as hockey players than Sweden. One is Canada, the other is located between Sweden and Russia.