The all encompassing "players of today vs players from the past" thread
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03-18-2013, 02:07 PM
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had to go there huh?. But seeing as how you already have,
I think what you mean is that immigrants from the Middle East, SE Asia etc who dont come from colder climes in most cases would have little to no interest in the game of hockey, the NHL
. No prior exposure to it really. Previous waves of immigrants, from the UK, Northern & Eastern Europe etc at least familiar with the game to some extent, hockey through the 19th-mid-20th Centuries predominantly played out of doors. It was a far different World though quite obviously, as the sport was affordable, ease of access for their kids to participate in & enjoy.
The kids of todays immigrants if interested in playing the game, well, unless their families fairly well off, entry at the amateur levels not really an option.
Gone are the outdoor shinny rinks that once dotted just about every neighbourhood in major centres like Toronto where the majority of new immigrants settle, get started. With global warming, well, good luck trying to make natural ice in Scarborough in January.
Even from the warmer countries parents appreciate the value of physical activity for their children. The youngster may start with soccer but eventually gets to sample skating or hockey via classmates, teammates or neighbourhood friends.
Most Montreal/province of Quebec indoor municipal rinks have time set aside for public skating, free or nominal charge. Loaner,rental or second hand skates are readily available as are learn to skate courses.
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