Geography Lesson For Don

“The Finns have come out and they’re saying, let’s hit. Let’s hit the Canadians.”
“Norwegians.” said Ron MacLean. “What?” said Don. “Norwegians, but … small detail.” “Same thing.”

If I could just butt in here – Don, they’re not the same thing. Different language. Oslo is 1000 km from Helsinki.

They’re different, Don.

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17 thoughts on “Geography Lesson For Don”

  1. The CBC knows Cherry is a buffoon, they don’t care, he sells beer and trucks and whatever. If I recall correctly there’s a disclaimer at the end of the show saying Cherry’s opinions are his own and don’t reflect the network. They also do this for Kevin O’Leary, the business guy, but I don’t think they do it for any of their other employees.

  2. Christopher, the question has always been for me – why isn’t Denmark and Norway better at hockey?

  3. That’s always confused me also. They’re cold northern countries with lots of natural ice. And in the Netherlands they definitely skate fast. All they need are sticks and pucks.

  4. Re Norway and Denmark, maybe ice rinks are not as readily available in those countries? Still, close proximity to Sweden would lead one to believe that the sport would catch on. A good question for Eller…

    Re Cherry, isn’t it always about the mighty dollar (ratings)? I don’t wTch him during CBC because I don’t like him. He’s mean, prejudice , and arrogant and people who hate him love to watch him . Just turn him off and he’ll go away. As per Stock, he’s the buffoon-in-waiting. He’ll wear the loud jackets when Cherry is six feet under.

  5. ‘North American fans often wonder why ice hockey took off so dramatically in Sweden and Finland, while remaining essentially a cult sport in Norway and Denmark.

    “We wish we knew a short and succinct answer to that one,” says Jon Haukeland, the sports director for the Norwegian Ice Hockey Association. “The main reason, superficially, is the growth in the number of ice rinks in Sweden during the 60′s and 70′s, which led to the popularization of hockey in that country, not only as a spectator sport, but also in giving thousands of people the chance to play and establish a personal relationship to the sport. Now, Sweden has approximately 10 times as many indoor rinks as Norway and, crucially, 10 times as many players, too.”

    But why did that happen?

    Norway is among the most athletically inclined nations in the world — nearly half of its 4.6 million people participate in individual and/or team sports of some kind. Norway is a winter sports powerhouse at the Olympics and has a strong tradition of developing speed skating champions. What’s more, the Nordic climate and the open spaces in many areas of the country seem perfectly suited to ice hockey.

    “That’s where things get complicated,” says Haukeland. “Undoubtedly the Swedish hockey association at the time did an excellent job of selling their sport to the municipalities and city councils around Sweden, but in all due respect I think that was easier than doing the same in Norway. The traditional winter sports of skiing and (individual) ice skating were much more dominant in Norway than in Sweden. In Norway, the bulk of the funding stayed in those sports. Over in Sweden, as the number of rinks grew, so the popularity of hockey grew.”‘
    Source:
    http://www.nhl.com/features/pond/nordic0

  6. Thanks Danno. It’s funny that Sweden could sell the game to the politicians but Norway couldn’t I think it’s just not really in their blood.

  7. Hi!

    I’d like to think that mr Cherry has got a point there, but accidentally. We, the Finns think ourselves as a kindred spirit with Norweigeans. At least we both had a hit t-shirt a couple of years ago – a map of Scandinavia without Sweden. :D

  8. Greenland, which is mostly barren and composed of ice, was discovered by Erik the Red who gave it its misleading name to trick people into becoming settlers there. On the other hand, Iceland is surprisingly lush and green. By giving Greenland a more favourable-sounding name, Erik the Red fooled many Icelanders into migrating to Greenland’s harsh icy climate and rocky terrain.

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