Monday, January 21, 2013

This is Real Hockey and Real Journalism Update The Future of Hockey



Writers spell miles after miles around hockey - now and then a serious - a very relevant article jumps up. This recent read from the Toronto Star comes with one of the most refreshing texts we have seen in a long time.
It is called....
IS MINOR HOCKEY WORTH IT?
http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/1313857--is-minor-hockey-worth-it

And if you care about Minor Hockey and in particular about the home of hockey - oh no not England - but Canada. Then you can not pass this article... Did you for instance know that the chance for the kids, described here, in the larger Toronto minor league system, are about one chance in six-thousands, to do 4 NHL seasons... Read and reflect. 1 in 6000 we said.

Our own summary of this article is that it describe a hockey system on melting ice.
The author say something like Canadians used to say that the Soviets produced cold hockey machines with no heart or flair - and he hints that maybe this is the new direction for Canada? Money is spelled out as a large problem throughout the system. Transparency or its opposite is another matter as well as a demographic shift in who is really playing? As well as the driven and even perhaps over organized system, that puts kids mainly commuting in mini vans to games or practices - instead of spending time on the ice... and the few minutes they have on the ice - parents keep yelling standardized negative phrases - we all heard before..
Declining numbers of Canadian hockey players are laid out and a yet more gloomy future is described. The author also touch base on increased numbers of elite players from the US. The author also toss in a paragraph on TBI's and describe even how global warming disrupts the Minor leagues outdoor season, even with 53 artificially cooled outdoor rinks - they can still not beat warm weather.
The Greater Toronto Hockey League sport 40.000 players on almost 3000 teams.

Why do we write about this?
Two main reasons - we have a source from inside of Hockey in Canada that say that this is not just an journalist's opinionated article - but this is a darn good description on how things exactly are.

The second reason is that this the main Canadian minor league - is able to provide the NHL with 3.7 percent of their players - Sweden provide, on a 50% larger base (the size could make it harder to keep the rate up) from minor hockey players - the NHL with 6.4%...
The author does not say more than that 3.7% for GTHL is a passing grade...

We want to say more, we still fully and seriously here claim that the broad use of Floorball in Swedish schools rock the Swedish Hockey world and we hold this as the main reason why Sweden beats the heck out of the Toronto Minor Hockey League, as we read about supply to the NHL... but let us forget about that for a while..

You said Floorball?
Yes... Let us explain a bit in a few short key points
- Floorball does not involve any larger professional MONEY salaries or over abundant sponsor contracts. It is true that about 4 semi-professional leagues exists in Europe, but most if not all players hold some sort of a job too. In this light is seems like idealism and amateurs are a powerful engine - but hey on money, even Bill Gates say that he does not have any practical use for it ;-D
- Yes, there is some costs involved to participate in games in youth Floorball in Sweden too - but these are not even on the same planet as described by the article on GTHL...
- Scholarships - well education is mainly covered by the taxbill over in Sweden - but yes there are several dossins of advanced and specialized Floorball schools in Sweden, as regular higher or secondary education schools and the RIG is the most prominent
- Floorball is bread and butter in schools over there. Take Basketball here - put a big X over it - and have all the kids do Floorball instead. Look at all gyms, look at all school yards - toss out the Basket hoops you see - and put in a Floorball net instead - well first then will it start to look like in Sweden.
- No need for artificial installations of frozen ice - in or outside - Floorball can be played entry level in a bedroom and up, global warming may only affect Floorball as it gets too warm to be outside.
- TBI, is interesting but also a mean thing and as we have asked the IFF about this, they did not have any studies in this area but the consent is that this is a very little problem within Floorball.
- Yes, we like to portray Floorball as a fast and non destructive game...

Well, the next part of this great story in the Toronto Star dig in the alternative: i.e. non contact minor Hockey league. Something that describe a much faster game - just like Floorball.. No - You can not miss this - if you care about Hockey's future you must read this one PART 2, too..
http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/1313876
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Caution

Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!