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02-22-2013, 03:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Fenway View Post
Hockey has one major problem in attracting youth players - the cost of the game.

(the other problem is ice time)

Mike Grier is the classic example of an African-American who had parents willing to support his love of hockey.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Grier
The cost of being a hockey parent is definitely an issue, no question about it. But my parents were barely scraping by and still had me in hockey for years. The cost issue, while real, gets overstated a bit. Most hockey players come from blue collar, working-class families. Quite a few all-time greats come from dirt poor backgrounds. Don't think Walter Gretzky ever made more than 20k per year.

And without getting too political, many hispanics do quite well for themselves in the US. Certainly well enough to enroll a kid (or two) in minor hockey. It's more of a cultural issue, and that's where the NHL comes in to play. There's no reason hockey can't be huge among that group. The NBA has them now, but if the NHL could attract some legit hispanic talent that could change pretty quickly.

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