Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/2/13
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You always hear that ice hockey runs through the veins of every Canadian it's the national sport and you half expect that every Canadian you meet will be missing a front tooth or have some cool scar to show you from their puck days. Maybe things are a changing. A recent survey commissioned by Hockey Canada and Bauer Hockey resulted in a rather astonishing finding: 90 percent of Canadian families are choosing not to have their kids play hockey. Of the 875 families surveyed in Ontario and Nova Scotia the top reasons they gave were that it's not fun too time consuming then concerns over safety finally followed by it being too expensive. With images of kids skating on backyard rinks or on the local ponds in most people's consciousness it's an eye-opener especially for Mark Messier (via Sportsnet). "I think it comes to a shock to everybody" he said. "We like to consider ourselves at the top of the pyramid in hockey around the world and if we're going to stay there ... we have to continue to develop our talent pool. "In order to do that we have to continue to introduce the game to more kids get more kids playing and keep those kids that do try it in the game. This is one way hopefully we can start to do that. We're trying to send the message now that hockey is for everybody and there's a place for everybody if you want to play hockey." What in the name of Wayne Gretzky is going on anyway? I would understand it if it was just about money hockey isn't cheap but the game is not fun? Coming from Canada that's almost sacrilegious.
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