We all now that the Russia, better say the former Soviet Union always has been a big big hockey-nation, the last 50 years. So has the Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia). What strikes me is that why just these (former Warsaw-pact) countries ? Why isnÂ´t Hungary, Romania or Poland a great hockey country ? The same for Sweden and Finland. Why arenÂ´t Norway or Denmark ? All these countries (especially the eastern europe ones) have a great hockey-tradition, but some of their "neighbours" just donÂ´t. I know itÂ´s a longshot, but why is that ??