Thursday, July 17, 2014

Are the best coaches in the NHL. Nope - or Maybe not?


This is currently the IIHF's world rankings - Ice Hockey for 2014.

1
Sweden
3990
0
2
Finland
3955
0
3
Russia
3915
+1
4
Canada
3850
-1
5
Czech Republic
3745
0
6
United States
3740
0
7
Switzerland
3470
0
8
Slovakia
3445
0
9
Latvia
3300
+1
10
Norway
3265
-1


 source IIHF

This ranking probably indicate where to find good players - and perhaps also maybe good coaches or the best hockey education systems?

Can now someone answer why we do not see too many coaches in the NHL from the three highest ranked nations?
Can someone tell us why the 4th and 6th ranked nations in the world has proportionally too many coaches in the NHL? Who is in charge of this?
Anyway...
Ok, we know Ulf Samuelsson as being the only Swedish coach right now in the NHL circus. But did he not have a US passport already 20 some years ago and is he really a Swede today? Maybe he is...hmm.

Ok OK OK we know - you can absolutely not decide a coach upon the IIHF ranking. That is absurd - but that is not what we say.
But we say and now u listen - can you seriously source the bulk of all the coaches, to what many think is the world best hockey league, from not the top ranked ranked nations? - that sounds rather odd or absurd too - or does it not?
If you source coaches from the 6th on the list why not source coaches from the 12th nation too (France)? ;-) OK we have the deepest respect for the French and they did play well in the last WC - like shining underdogs!

Immigration laws? Lawyers maybe? If there is a will there is often a solution...

If Floorballcentral would have been a team owner of an NHL team (no that will not happen) we would - without question - looked into the matter on how to source the world's best coaches for the game of Ice Hockey - by thinking outside of the rink.

Why does this Floorball blog care about this odd reality?
Well, with European coaches in the NHL we think the introduction of Floorball would have happened much faster in America - since European hockey coaches do know what Floorball is... and it is frequently and at times used by some European Ice Hockey teams. 

And that is exactly WHY we care about this oddity.

Maybe this may change? Here is another article on same subject but with another perspective.
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