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12-02-2012, 12:09 PM
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The thing is, even if hockey development has improved in non-traditional markets, in most of the US, the best athletes are still going to play other sports. Outside of rich, white suburbs, you aren't going to see school coaches noticing kids with raw explosiveness and recruiting them into hockey the way they do for football, basketball and baseball. If anything, soccer is growing even more quickly in the US.

Canada might have a small population, but the best athletes are still funnelled into hockey at the expense of everything else; in the US, it's the opposite.

There will be more and more Americans in the NHL, at the expense of Europeans. In fact, with the growth of the KHL, these lockouts, and the continued presence of anti-European xenophobia among NHL commentators and fans, I'm worried in a few decades there will be no Europeans left in the NHL.

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Huh... You make it sound like when a 7 or 8 year old American kid decides he wants to give hockey a try his primary motiviation is because he has determined that he will never make the NFL or NBA.
The thing is, that's true to an extent. I come from an affluent suburb in NY, the two most popular sports for scholarship purposes were lacrosse and hockey. There was a few kids who thought they had NHL potential, anyone who thought they had NFL or NBA potential would have been laughed away. Meanwhile, a few miles away, a poorer, more racially mixed town, had no hockey programs and actually produced a few pro football and basketball players.

Obviously it isn't that simple but in most of the country, hockey carries the same stigma lacrosse does, as the sport for rich white kids who can't jump but can spend a ton of money on gear.


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