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06-11-2013, 11:55 PM
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In one of his recent interviews Tretyak claimed there are 86k players overall. And that's a pretty believable number.

I can't really imagine the outdoor rinks being that important because the schools that train their kids outdoors are pretty rare, at least in the cities (and of all honesty sports schools outisde of the urban areas are even less viable). Hockey sections in Russia naturally depend on the indoor "sports palaces".

And as for the "260 schools and 50 junior teams", all those schools are supposed to have their players registered since their teams participate in the DYSSh tournaments held by the FHR at least on the regional level. Underreported U10 players are the only major factor.

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