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06-14-2010, 12:25 PM
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I find that the problem is that many new suburbs are going towards a community centre model and that eliminates the number of rinks. When I was growing up there were many outdoor city rinks and indoor city run rinks that gave you the opportunity to play. Many of those rinks have since closed, Now kids are forced to head to privately run rinks with big fees for ice time. Let's face it, hockey is only for middle to upper middle class families. There are very few if any stories of NHL players who were disadvantaged/poor as youth who made it. Just the way it is, it's an elitist sport. Being an elitist sport you do not attract the best athletes only the athletes whose mommy or daddy have the most money. Yes, the NHL is starting to do more work in the inner cities with their program "Hockey is for Everyone" . But, they know that they have a long way to go if the game is to succeed in the US.

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