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12-19-2012, 08:16 PM
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Some thoughts as to why a demographic shift might be contributing to hockey apathy in Canada:

1) Used to play hockey on a frozen pond or lake. Can't do that so much anymore in big Canadian cities, not as cold as it used to be.

2) Street hockey now illegal in many jurisdictions due to civic insurance concerns.

3) The equipment needed to play in a league is very expensive compared to a couple of generations ago.

4) Canada is much more multicultural than a couple of generations ago. Kids who did not grow up with hockey, whose parents don't know the game, are less likely to play.

5) Soccer is cheaper and safer to play.

6) Going to an NHL game costs much more than it used to, even in inflation-adjusted dollars.

7) Canadian teams not winning so many Stanley Cups.

8) Lots of other things to do, lots of other sports to watch on TV and online.

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