Yes, cost is a significant factor in making hockey
accessible to more people, but more focus is also needed on making it
less competitive, and less strenuous at the grass-roots level.
It’s great that a luminary such as Mark Messier wants
to see more kids playing hockey in Canada, even if it’s part of a
greater goal of helping Bauer and Canadian Tire sell more hockey
equipment. It might come as a surprise to some people, but the kids who
don’t play organized hockey in this country outnumber those who do by a
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Article by Ken Campbell published May 18, 2017
About Ken Campbell, The Hockey News' senior writer, is in his second tour with the brand after an eight-year stint as a beat reporter for the Maple Leafs for the Toronto Star. The Sudbury native once tried out for the Ontario League's Wolves as a 30-year-old. Needless to say, it didn't work out.