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12-13-2011, 05:59 PM
Join Date: Sep 2009
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J17 Vs Proclamation
Comparing California and Great Britain is like comparing Sienna Miller and Joe Brand. One, i'd be arrested for attempting to break into her "house", whilst the other ... well she'll still be mordibly obese whining about a lack of a husband. California has 3 NHL teams, had Gretzky play there for awhile, 6x the amount of registered players as all of GB and has constant access to the NHL.
I don't think building those courts would really help. The fundamental issue is that the sport isn't popular. It's a distance behind American football and Basketball (both of which are seeing solid growth and improvement in). Firstly we need more NHL coverage. As you said, we need to grow the game. How we do that, i don't really know. The sports market is very heavily filled. For sure the infrastructe for those who are already is poor and needs major changes, but how to actually get more people involved in it is the really tough part.
The comparison wasn't meant like that at all. Where do you think Californian hockey players spent time? Most Californians learned how to play the game on roller blades in a rink like that. It's a way to introduce the sport and generate interest. I don't know how that couldn't help lol It's kind of asking a lot from government to build a bunch of hockey rinks without demand but these facilities (picture) are relatively cheap in comparison and I think it could be realistic. It's the most basic introduction to playing the sport.
NHL Coverage probably won't do much when the games are on from 12-4AM in GB unless I'm off with my timezones.
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