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12-01-2012, 11:01 PM
Brock Anton
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I don't think so. I think we're much more likely to overtake soccer than hockey. With the influx of Hispanics in the United States, soccer is becoming much more popular, especially at the youth levels (I believe it's the most played sport by kids 10-15). Add in the recent influx of German-Americans playing for the National Team, the talent pool in the U.S. is only going to get better.

With hockey having a lockout a decade, kids are probably not going to want the instability that goes with the NHL right now. Hockey is life in places such as Canada, Sweden, Finland and so on. They'll continue to churn out star after star, I'm on the opposite side of the equation when I think hockey in the United States is declining (for the lack of a better word) and will continue to. When you add in the new grown fear of concussions, parents are not going to want their sons playing hockey/football when they can go tell them to play basketball, soccer and baseball, which people consider "safer" sports.

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