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11-19-2012, 12:03 PM
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Yes It Matters

Originally Posted by danincanada View Post
Probably a blend but does it really matter? People are playing hockey year round if they want to and have the money to do so. Do a quick google search of "Toronto year round arena" and you will come up with far more than the 3 I mentioned. The 3 I mentioned actually don't even appear in the first page of results.

There are also summer hockey schools, summer training programs, etc. Some of the guys I've played with even mention they've seen the Stamkos' of the world play 3 on 3 hockey in the Toronto area during the summer.
Hockey in Canada is not Toronto centric so it does matter. Municipal or government run arenas rely on public funding and unionized government employees to operate.

Small community arenas have to provide a wide range of services beyond hockey so they still close during the off season to service the non-hockey constituents.

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