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06-03-2011, 03:44 PM
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Top 6 Spaling
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The Future of Hockey in the Southeast

Obviosuly the departure of the Thrashers will hurt hockey in Georgia, but I am afraid the effects will be far further reaching than people imagine.

For those who are unfamiliar with the southern youth hockey scene, which i would assume is most people as its not very prevalent, I'll go into a little more detail. The following figures are for A/AA travel.

Nashville: 2 major rinks, ~2 teams per age level
Knoxville: 1 major rink, 0-1 teams per age level
Memphis: 1 major rink, 0-1 teams per age level
Huntsville, AL: 2 Major Rinks, ~1 team per age level
Birmingham AL: 1 major rink ~1 team per age level
Greenville SC: 1 major rink 0-1 teams per age level
Little Rock, ARK: .5 major rink, 0-1 teams per age level
ATLANTA: 4 major rinks, 4-5 teams per age level

In many leagues, Atlanta accounts more than half of all of teams in each age group. Should half of the teams/rinks in Atlanta fold due to a fading interest because of the departure, it could spell disaster for southern youth hockey in more than just Georgia. Atlanta is relied on heavily to supply teams for these leagues, and this move puts the growth of hockey in the south in serious jeopardy.

Even if youth hockey outside of Atlanta survives, some leagues may be forced to fold due to a lack of teams. Should this happen, there will be a huge decrease in the amount of players south of the Mason Dixon.


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