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03-21-2006, 08:50 AM
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I live in the US and grew up on a lake in New England. Me and my firends would spend all day Saturday and Sunday out on the ice playing hockey. We would play until we couldn't see the puck anymore. There were always tons of other kids out there too...all ages.

I don't see that now, but intrest in the sport is higher now then it was back then. Back then playing youth hockey was something only the rich kids did. We were a middle class family and there was no way my parents were spending that type of money just so I could play hockey. It's not like that now. Kids from all backgrounds play youth hockey, even girls. Which in my day a girl at the rink had skates with toe picks, not sticks and pads.

So I wonder if it has something to do with how accessable youth hockey is now. In other words are kids getting their puck fix at the rinks instead of the ponds and driveways.

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