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When will Iceland turn into a top 10 hockey nation?

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04-19-2010, 02:33 AM
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Iceland's a joke...They lost to Israel; a Norse country losing to a giant desert at a winter sport. What fail!

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04-19-2010, 02:35 AM
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Iceland's a joke...They lost to Israel; a Norse country losing to a giant desert at a winter sport. What fail!
really? lost huh? looks to me like they won 6-2...

http://www.iihf.com/channels0910/wm-iib/statistics.html

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04-21-2010, 10:43 AM
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really? lost huh? looks to me like they won 6-2...

http://www.iihf.com/channels0910/wm-iib/statistics.html
Ah...Was thinking of a game from years ago where Israel won 11 - 0. Didn't know about this one.

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Frank Frederickson

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http://internationalhockeylegends.bl...derickson.html

The 1920 Winnipeg Falcons had a few players of Icelandic ancestry, led by Frank Frederickson, a future member of the HHOF.


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Iceland's a joke...They lost to Israel; a Norse country losing to a giant desert at a winter sport. What fail!
Israel is no joke.

Actually I think a lot of old NHLers went down thee and they have a lot of American backed hockey programs. If you look there's articles about how Israel is pushing their hockey programs.

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Israel is no joke.

Actually I think a lot of old NHLers went down thee and they have a lot of American backed hockey programs. If you look there's articles about how Israel is pushing their hockey programs.
back in 05 Israel was a DIV I hockey team. they have a guy in the Q and also a guy who plays for RIT.

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05-02-2010, 05:38 PM
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Iceland hasn't been very good since they lost to the Ducks in the shootout.

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Probably when about 2-3M people move to Iceland, as others pointed out the population of Iceland is rather low.

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The following may be of interest:

http://internationalhockeylegends.bl...derickson.html

The 1920 Winnipeg Falcons had a few players of Icelandic ancestry, led by Frank Frederickson, a future member of the HHOF.

on that note. I found this on the iceland hockey federation website
http://ihi.is/gogn/LOGO_SAGA_ENGLISH.pdf

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Iceland hasn't been very good since they lost to the Ducks in the shootout.
You didn't read the one-and-a-half page thread before posting, did you?

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Serious population growth is about the country's only possible chance, by a factor of at least ten. In a place where subsistence is fairly hard scrabble outside of a very small number of moderately sheltered towns and one city (and that is merely relative), it's still a land with a brutal climate.

Iceland is beautiful. I'd recommend it as a vacation spot for anyone with an adventurous bent to their travels. It's a very rough place, though, and that's in the late Spring when blizzards in large parts of the country are still commonplace.

People there aren't having kids, and they aren't exactly beating off immigrants with a pointy stick. Population growth is 1% by a 2007 estimate. So the likelihood of the kind of population growth necessary to become anything like a hockey power is virtually nil.

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Greenland is part of the Danish empire. There exist none official national teams from Greenland in any sports. I know Greenland has a national team in soccer but they can't play in any official tournaments.

There was a player with ancestors from Greenland who played in the Danish elite league a couple of years ago. He grew up in Norway and learned to play hockey there, though. He achieved cult status while playing in Denmark as he probably was the worst foreign player in the league at the time but still managed to score two crucial goals in game 6 & 7 respectively in the 2004 playoff finals.

Two players from Iceland, Jonas Breki Magnusson who plays for the Danish tier II team, Amager Jets and Birkir Arnason who represents Gladsaxe in the same league.

Team Iceland's two best players are btw from Sweden

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it's still a land with a brutal climate
Actually looking at Wikipedia the weather in Reykjavik seems rather nice in the winter, being warmer then many places in Canada and Northern US cities. Summers though seem to not be so great compared to places in Canada.

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They have a pretty good junior team. They won silver in the 1995 Goodwill games

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Greenland pwns Iceland. No contest. Greenland is where all the talents at.

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When they get a grip over their volcanos and banks.

Seriously, there are basically no people in Iceland much less are the existing ones playing hockey. It will take a _LONG_ time before we see Iceland getting into the top ten.

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Probally the same time as Trinidad & Tobago...

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Iceland has a population of 300,000...look how long its taken Denmark and Norway to develop the sport with populations 20 times the size.


Sports just aren't that big of a deal in Iceland...they're too small to do anything in international competitions and local leagues have such a horrible quality that you're not going to get the typical European gung-ho factor as you'd get at, say, a Danish Superliga game between two middling Danish football teams.

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Sports just aren't that big of a deal in Iceland...they're too small to do anything in international competitions
Hence their silver medal in Olympic handball.

They're also much better at the football than you would expect (average fifa ranking: 68th, just above Canada).

If anything, that's pretty impressive for such a small country.

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Actually looking at Wikipedia the weather in Reykjavik seems rather nice in the winter, being warmer then many places in Canada and Northern US cities. Summers though seem to not be so great compared to places in Canada.
True. Yet the country has pockets of much better weather than the rest of the country, and Reykjavik leads by a mile. The Snaefells Peninsula jutting out into the very North Atlantic/entrance to the Denmark Strait is brutal, the center of the peninsula being a volcano and uninhabitable; everyone has to live on the coast, which gets socked year round. The NW is a beautiful but extremely rugged series of enormous fjords, with very rocky high country just inland. The north gets very cold; the central plateau is rarely traversed, and is I believe all but uninhabited. No petrol stations, no real roads either. There isn't much in the East but massive glaciers, mountains, fjords, a few isolated towns, and active volcanic fields, geysers and geothermal/natural resource works projects.

The Ring Road, which traces around the entire country, is not even fully paved all the way around. It would be like I95 having a 300-mile stretch composed of rocks and gravel.

Reykjavik is somewhat moderate, and Akureyri is somewhat moderate (but not as much so, being on the north coast. It's protected by being nestled at the end of a long fjord, with high protective hills on either side providing shelter. It barely makes it possible for this fishing village of 20,000 people — Iceland's second largest population center — habitable year-round).

The upshot is that at the exact same time, you can have blizzard conditions in the central highlands, the north coast, and the volcanic crater lakes of the center north; brutal winds and freezing rain/snowfall in the west; while it's 50 degrees and everyone is going around in shorts and T-shirts in Reykjavik. It's the one nice pocket in the country, and that is why everyone lives there. It still gets inundated by snow in winter, of course. Beyond that, I'm no expert, but in broad brush strokes that is about right. It's a rough, rough place. Outside of Reykjavik, there are few places tolerable year-round. They aren't having kids and people aren't flocking to live there.


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I definitely want to travel there someday, Iceland looks like a stunning country. Ive always thought about switching citizenships of a crappy hockey country just to tryout of their international team and possibly make it. One of my grandparents is from Bulgaria, I always wondered if there were any rules on possibly trying out for their international ice hockey team.

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Yeah, Iceland is amazing if you're into camping, hiking, backpacking, nature, road trips, glacier walks, etc. Can't imagine living there in January. Late Spring was fantastic. Everything is cheap now too. /tourism board

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Ive always thought about switching citizenships of a crappy hockey country just to tryout of their international team and possibly make it. One of my grandparents is from Bulgaria, I always wondered if there were any rules on possibly trying out for their international ice hockey team.
Yes there are, you need to play to full seasons in their national league. And then of course you have to be good enough.

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Dude, Gunner Stahl responded to that video!
"He's fancy, he'll barely deke the puck three times, stop, pause, and take a slap shot from 25 feet out. Listen, his shot is really tricky, we usually don't even know if it's in the net or not for a good 12 seconds after he shoots, so be sure to prove to everyone you caught it. Good luck out there."


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you mean a soon as next year...?? now that's a bold statemant

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