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03-08-2013, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
I'm not sure that's true in warmer climates. Maybe it is, but I'm skeptical.

Ice time and equipment alone account for many thousands of dollars over the 15-ish years of development. Add team and league fees, and you're easily into the tens of thousands. Multiply by the number of children involved. It's quite expensive, to the point of being cost prohibitive for a lot of (maybe even most?) people. To comfortably afford it, you'd have to be in the upper middle class at a minimum.

If you're talking about private coaching, camps, regular visits to training facilities, forget it unless you're from an affluent family.
I don't know anyone who played hockey growing up that wasn't extremely well-off. The entire reason I never played hockey is because we couldn't afford it.

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