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Survey reveals spike in worldwide hockey players

Aug 24, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

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The International Ice Hockey Federation shared its survey of players on Thursday, and it’s mostly good news for the sport outside of Canada, as QMI Agency notes.

About 1.64 million people are registered as playing the sport, which marks a 2.7 percent increase from last year. Among traditional hockey countries,* the most dramatic increases happened in the Czech Republic (up 13.28 percent) and Finland (up 17.68 percent).

The only bad news is that enrollment dipped in Canada from 625,125 players to 617,107. One probably shouldn’t worry about that decline too much, as Canada still covers more than a third of the world’s hockey players according to those numbers.

Granted, there might be more cause for concern if that number dips significantly each year.

Overall, though, it’s a great bit of news for the sport … especially since the 2014 Winter Olympics are likely to inspire more to lace up some skates.

* – The report also notes that South Korea’s enrollment improved by 28.73 percent and Australia increased its number of rinks from 17 to 20.

  1. boardupthehouse - Aug 25, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    If Canada could somehow donate some of their passion for hockey to Australia that would be sick, all the idiots here don’t understand it but as soon as they get into it they can’t get enough!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:05 AM

      Do we even dare watch Australian rules hockey?

      • boardupthehouse - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:41 AM

        Same rules genius

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        Hey board: That was sarcasm, genius. Seems a dingo has run off with your sense of humor.

  2. robertsds - Aug 25, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Make kid starts playing for first time on Monday (in US)

  3. robertsds - Aug 25, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    *my

  4. smashville0508 - Aug 25, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Youth hockey is growing rapidly here in Middle Tennessee. My 8 year old son plays in Franklin. Watching him out there brings me nothing but joy!

  5. insertgenericfanname - Aug 26, 2013 at 5:51 AM

    Yo boardupthehouse just because Australians don’t completely understand everything about hockey doesn’t make us idiots. I’m sure there’s as many Canadians that enjoy popular Australian based sports like Rugby League and would be happy to spend time with Canadians to watch and explain the rules if needed without calling them idiots cause they don’t share the same passion. In a country that is bathed in sunshine and warmth Ice Hockey here is gaining momentum and even though its a lesser quality its hockey, it’s live and it’s played in great spirit.

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