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02-17-2010, 06:10 AM
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Originally Posted by SchwenningerWildWing View Post
Speaking for Germany I donīt think the problem is that hockey is a sport for bullies. It is just very expensive. You have to buy the equipment, the travel costs. Also a lack of rinks is a problem in Germany and therefore practice time, which is sometimes late in the evening for youth teams. Itīs just easier to go to a football (soccer, I mean) team or a handball team. You need next to none new equipment except shoes, you can play it almost everywhere. Sticks, skates, protective gear, you donīt need that in soccer or handball. I think that with the travel costs is also a huge problem. I would go that far and say that hockey is only played by kids whose parents have enough money not by bullies.
That should be the same the world over though, surely? Or is hockey equipment cheap as chips in places like Canada??

BTW - good luck in the playoff finals against the mighty EHC

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