Prior to Mats Zuccarello’s NHL debut, scouts dubbed him the “Norwegian Hobbit.” This nickname came both from his size (he stands at just 5-foot-7) as well as his wizardry with the puck.
In this article from The Player’s Tribune, the New York Ranger forward himself pens an excellent piece about his experience growing up in Norway and the hockey culture there, one very different from our North American relationship with the sport. It showcases an area of the world that North Americans know little about and really highlights how a nation outside of our continent interacts with the sport of ice hockey. The fact it was written by an NHL player who grew up in the nation makes it even more intriguing. I thoroughly enjoyed this article.