WJC in Sweden a failure?

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  1. yoteshot

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    Not by the quality of the play but the attendance...

    I mean, except the final, no other game was sold out. The most incredible thing is that even in the bronze medal game, when the Sweden was playing for a medal, the arena wasn't even full!!!

    Is it a lack of advertising or simply a lack of hockey fans there?
     
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    It's usually like that over in Europe
     
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    i thought the quality of play wasnt as high as usual:dunno:
     
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    Age restricted events do not do well for most sports in Europe.

    The World Juniors historically don't do well in Europe - this is nothing new.

    The World Juniors is only really popular in Canada. That is why the IIHF awards Canada this tournament every 3rd year, because they know it will make huge $$$ here (and hence more $$$ for the IIHF).
     
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    Sweden's first group stage game, against Canada, was also sold out.

    Actually the tournament was a success by European/Swedish standards. Pretty decent tv ratings and more people in the stands than expected.

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    Remember, junior hockey is not huge in Sweden. If you go to a regular junior game in the top league in Sweden, you will have about 30-60 people watching the game, where 90% of the people are in some way to related to the players on the ice.
     
  6. Bryzga lol*

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    The WJC are way bigger in Canada than in Europe. TSN developped the U-20 tournament incredibly well...and it sort of spread over in the states aswell. I'm not very surprised the games didn't sell out.
     
  7. Joretus

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    Well it depends about location&cities a lot. Ie. now they played in small cities like Leksand&Mora. Another city don't even have team in top league. I think in Finland there were at least good audience even in bigger stadiums.

    And of course hockey isn't so big sport in Sweden is in ie. Canada&Finland where it's number one sport. So juniors won't be selling too well.
     
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    well yah, in Russia and Czech republic, when the home teams play it's sold out, other teams? not even close.
     
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    That's why I don't understand why they organize a tournament where it won't even be sold-out...

    And it's not like it was a Belarus-Switzerland game, it was USA VS the host team for the bronze!

    And as I said, in the round robin, the whole section behind the nets was empty.

    Even if Junior hockey isn't popular, it's still an international event. That's why I don't get the fact that the stands were not full.
     
  10. Joretus

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    True. In Canada it's so much bigger sport, don't think it would be so big in US either when it comes to smaller teams.
     
  11. Joretus

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    I would like to know why they had games in small cities(11k-20k inhibants). That won't help it I bet...
     
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    You can't compare the attention the finnish juniors are getting, with those of Canada. Two, different worlds. But i agree, it's bigger in Finland.
     
  13. Joretus

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    I'm not comparing juniors, but hockey in general. It's number 1 sport in here and only sport which is showing some general international games(read EHT).
     
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    Canada is really the only country that gives a damn about the World Juniors on a national level. Most of Europe couldn't care less about junior-level hockey since there aren't dedicated programs for fans to cheer for; most junior club teams are simply offshoots of major club teams.
     
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    Like others said, why where the games held in small cities instead of big cities like Stockholm or others... I know that Stockholm holds a big arena (Globen)...why wouldn't it be played there?
     
  16. Joretus

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    Totally correct. As addition most of smaller junior clubs are just feeders for bigger junior clubs(which are direct feeders for their senior team which is playing in elite league).
     
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    It just can't be said enough: The WJHCs are huge in Canada, and nowhere else. By European standards, it was probably fairly well attended.
     
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    I'd say a failure pretty much in all regards, play, attendence, arenas, location. Geez, I wish I was a free man to drive to Mora, but alas I am not...
     
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    Globen is always underattended. But still would gather many more than this...
     
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    Does anyone else think it should be in Canada every year? I´d be curious to know what people from other countries think. The home-ice advantage might not be that big of a factor for Canada since the Canadians are always playing with way more pressure on them (if you do something stupid in this tourney, CDN fans wont forgive you for a long time). Also, I suspect some other players would prefer to play in front of 18,000. For most of the guys in the tournament it would be the biggest crowd they ever played in front of. I think if I was a player from Germany or Belarus I would want that.
     
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    Good God,

    You Canadians will never understand, that unfortunately JWC is a very small tournament in all other countries. Not too me though... but im a juniorhockeynerd.

    Here in Sweden WC is at least 10 times bigger... a tournament canadians don´t give a shiat about.
     
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    Both teams seemed much more subdued than last year, with not much in the way of emotional displays afterwards.
     
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    Correct on both points....

    This is why any talk of pulling the pros out of the Olympics and going with some U22-like format will result in utter failure.
     
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    Thats the stupidiest thing i have ever heard. The homeice-advantage is HUGE advantage in Canada... Basically all big tournaments played are always on canadian terms... and its already once every third year in JWC too...

    Well except WC which is played on more fair ground, but thats a tournament canadians don´t care about so. Canadians haven´t exactly been eager to spread this sport... you are more intrested in keeping it the way it always has been. Which is fun for yourselves, but sad for the sport.
     
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    Im not gonna stick my beak in. I find this discussion very interesting.
     

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