How Many Canadians Does It Take to Make One NHL Player?

Thomas Malthus, who argued that famine and disease would prevent expansion of the Surrey League of Bowls by limiting the elite bowler population at [(pop)/(pop density)^2]/(teams per parish).

Because there are no games today (I know, I know, the Bronze Medal game, but come on), I am passing the time by taking a nation's population and dividing it by its number of current NHL players. [numbers are from Inside the Rink's breakdown of NHL players by nationality, and Google population searches -- all numbers are 2008]

And, yes, I know this is stupid.

  1. Canada: 83,487:1
  2. Finland: 156,258:1
  3. Czech Republic: 196,752:1
  4. Sweden: 204,444:1
  5. Slovakia: 318,001:1
  6. Brunei: 396,692:1
  7. Denmark: 1,832,333:1
  8. Switzerland: 1,907,651:1
  9. U.S.: 1,985,781:1
  10. Slovenia: 2,039,400:1
  11. Latvia: 2,266,013:1
  12. Belarus: 3,226,666:1
  13. Norway: 4,700,000:1
  14. Russia: 5,251,851:1
  15. Germany: 10,267,505:1
  16. S. Korea: 48,607,000:1
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