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Phoenix 04-05-2008 12:09 AM

Hockey nation comparison
 
To whoever comes from a 'hockey-playing' nation (so I'm thinking all you canadians, finns....), I was curious in getting a comparison between the number of hours/days per week a recreational, adult player might train/compete compared to us 'non-hockey' nations. Also on the cost of ice time.

Hockey is mainly recreational over here. I'd say the average adult player has 1 game per week, and possibly does 1-2 hours ice training per week. Cost for 1 hour usually would be about $AUD15-20. We have no backyard rinks or ponds :(

Also, out of the adult hockey player population - what proportion would you say is recreational? (Most?)

deanosaur 04-05-2008 12:48 AM

$10 a night on average
or something like $400 for 20-30 games 2 hours long. 1-3 games a week.
few hours a week average joe ill say
plus the winter season however, outdoor rinks atleast 2 hours everynight hahaha
weve got summer and winter leagues here in canada so basically all year round.
everyone goes hits up the outdoor rink, but those who play rec hockey... ill say.. 1:3 adults, maybe 1:2 depending where you from. manitoba its about 1:2 nothing else to do here.
some people i wouldnt even know they played hockey till i saw them on ice.

OilerNut* 04-05-2008 01:37 AM

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Originally Posted by deangamblin (Post 13464547)
$10 a night on average
or something like $400 for 20-30 games 2 hours long. 1-3 games a week.
few hours a week average joe ill say
plus the winter season however, outdoor rinks atleast 2 hours everynight hahaha
weve got summer and winter leagues here in canada so basically all year round.
everyone goes hits up the outdoor rink, but those who play rec hockey... ill say.. 1:3 adults, maybe 1:2 depending where you from. manitoba its about 1:2 nothing else to do here.
some people i wouldnt even know they played hockey till i saw them on ice.

I think you are exagarating those numbers somewhat, i'd say its more between 1/5-1/10 that play ice hockey on a regular basis in the winter.

edit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_hoc...ers_by_country

Crosbyfan 04-05-2008 10:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by OilerNut (Post 13465072)
I think you are exagarating those numbers somewhat, i'd say its more between 1/5-1/10 that play ice hockey on a regular basis in the winter.

edit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_hoc...ers_by_country

That looks right. I'm on a pond 30+ hours/year, On the ice coaching 50+ hours a year, behind the bench 40+, and on the backyard rink countless hours(usually in my boots though and working on it more than not :D).

Not sure if I fall in the 1.2% as I'm not in an organized league or even renting pick-up ice for myself.

I would guess the 1.2% would be closer to 2% if the male population was considered on it's own though in relative terms Canada probably has a high percentage of female players when compared to most other countries.

deanosaur 04-05-2008 03:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by OilerNut (Post 13465072)
I think you are exagarating those numbers somewhat, i'd say its more between 1/5-1/10 that play ice hockey on a regular basis in the winter.

edit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_hoc...ers_by_country


for manitoba players... im not exagerrating the numbers.

southpaw24 04-06-2008 05:22 PM

This past season i was on the ice roughly 6-8 hours a week in an arena and maybe 2-3 on the pond. During the summer im hoping for about 3 hours a week.

vivianmb 05-02-2008 07:17 AM

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Originally Posted by southpaw24 (Post 13494466)
This past season i was on the ice roughly 6-8 hours a week in an arena and maybe 2-3 on the pond. During the summer im hoping for about 3 hours a week.

i'd say during the season i'm on the ice between 6-8 hours per week in organized games and practices ( i help my boys' team so i'm on the ice with them plus i play on two teams).i'm also good for about 10-12 hours a week in the backyard.during the summer i'll play pickup twice a week for a total of about 4 hours.

RandV 05-02-2008 10:58 AM

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Originally Posted by deangamblin (Post 13471444)
for manitoba players... im not exagerrating the numbers.

Yes, there's a big difference between Manitoba and Vancouver for ice time. Canada is a lot harder to measure than smaller countries because we're so spread out. Generally the lower population you have the more hockey players you get, while big urban centers like Vancouver or Toronto it gets too crowded and expensive. Calgary's a good city for recreational hockey, just starting out last year I found it very accessible with a few great beginners training/intake programs. But the city still doesn't have Manitoba like numbers.

Pangolin 05-02-2008 12:57 PM

Well.....

I'm in Hong Kong and there are about 350 recreational players (more during the summers)...
Cost to play is hella expensive comparatively...there's 1 NHL size rink and 1 rink where it's really only fit for 4-on-4 play...
The NHL size rink averages out to be around $24CAN a game...It's about $15CAN for a game on the small 4-on-4 rink...

Also, there's really no drop in, all games are league play and so there's not much you can choose from...

We'reGonnaWin* 05-02-2008 10:37 PM

How do you get your gear around in HK? Taxi?

Pangolin 05-02-2008 11:42 PM

I drive...
Most others hulk it around on the bus or the subway...it's a chore...


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