Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Hockey's Trade Surpluses and Deficits

As someone in the IMPORT/EXPORT industry, it's interesting to see how the trends apply to the hockey world.

My pal Daniel sent me this study that shows the amount of hockey players that each country imports and exports to other countries. The only flaw is that it doesn't seem to include the NHL. Typical IIHF, I suppose.


Australia 25 28
Austria 93 197
Belarus 64 217
Belgium 24 68
Brazil 2 0
Bulgaria 2 2
Canada 801 196
Chína 7 32
Croatia 14 8
Czechia 424 311
Denmark 46 87
Estonia 22 18
Germany 116 602
U.K. 81 224
Finland 305 148
France 59 277
Hungary 19 84
Iceland 6 11
India 1 0
Ireland 0 1
Israel 5 0
Italy 36 114
Japan 21 20
Kazakhstan38 2
Korea 10 10
Lotvia 68 40
Lichtenstein 0 9
Lithuania 23 3
Luxemburg 1 0
Mexico 7 0
Netherlands 50 93
New Zealand 4 8
Norway 51 142
Poland 28 38
Romania 25 13
Russia 306 197
Serbia 7 17
Slovakia 509 112
Slovenia 33 22
S.Africa 8 0
Spain 2 39
Sweden 360 327
Switzerland 70 199
Turkey 1 10
Ukraine 106 9
USA 227 169
TOTAL: 4104 4104

It's no surprise that Canada is the biggest exporter of hockey talent. It's our #1 industry! Who's #2? How about little ol' Slovakia, the country of just 5mil who churn out good talent much more efficiently and effectively. Oh, OK, it also helps that their economy kind of blows and many players can make better money playing in places like FRANCE than back home. The most lopsided exporter is the Ukraine, where many of their players get swallowed into Russia thanks to a lack of a real league and many ice arenas in their own country.

The largest importer? Germany, who have long had problems with too many Canadian and American nationals in their league, which has stymied the progress of German-born talent. It's also interesting to see how both the Swedes and the Czechs have high numbers in both areas. The Czechs produce so much talent for other, richer, leagues, while they import a whack of Slovaks. The evil Swedes import anyone they can get their hands on, while spreading their evil seed around the world at the same time.


Keeping with the International scene, Joeri sent me this clip from a Russian Superleague game. Now, that's what I call a wraparound goal.

by the way, the goalie in this clip is Sebastien Charpentier.

Just thought i'd let you know that TSN says your boy Balastik was put on waivers today.
Where? WHERE?!! I don't see it...
The Syracuse.com blog has it...

Near the bottom.. sorry I should have been clearer since its part of a larger column.
more than 300 imports in Czechia? We do have hardly 300 profesionnal players...
46 (!) Danes - that's about 3.5 hockey player per hockey rink we have here......
This is the correct background on the table listed. The way it was put here is incorrect:

International transfers for past season

All transfers between the IIHF
member associations are handled
by the IIHF. Each transfer must be
registered on an International
Transfer Card (ITC) which is signed
by the player, the national association where the player comes from and the one he transfers to. The
IIHF administered 4104 international
transfers last season. The transfers
to and from the National Hockey League are not included in this summary, as the NHL is not affiliated to any IIHF member association.
As before, Canada was the biggest exporter while Germany again was the country importing most players. Canadas 801 outgoing transfers is almost 20 percent of all exported players while Germany's 602 ingoing transfers equaled almost 15 percent of all player import during the 2005-

Summary of 2005-2006 transfers
by national association:
I've seen tighter checking playing lake hockey. Or was that 2 on 2 Triple OT?
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