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

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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).
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