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03-08-2013, 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by CupChamps2011 View Post
The NHL needs to invest more in youth hockey programs across the south and inner cities. It does great in the suburbs (at least in New England). Investing in more outdoor roller hockey rinks would be good too so kids up north can play year round.
Ya, for sure, along with synthetic ice surfaces. Inter-locking 4 X 8 panels. All kinds of things they could & should have been doing for decades. Pretty hollow & vacuous statement to justify expansions or relocations to the south, Florida, southwest etc with "in order to grow the game". Then just leave the individual franchisee's to their own devices & designs. Dallas, Anaheim & San Jose have all been pro-active that way, but the rest... its like the NHL just expects it to grow naturally through osmosis, and thats just not good enough. Takes forever. The NHLPA has a program called Dreams & Goals; parachuting in equipment, running clinics etc, inner cities, worldwide actually. Elements of that combined with financial, technical & educative support ongoing is whats required.

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