Indeed Mrs. Lovejoy, won't someone please think of the children!
It goes without saying that all of the Blueland faithful are despondent over losing their hockey team. How do you explain it to your kids?
Since the first wave of Southeast expansion in 1991-92, USA Hockey has seen an
increase in membership in the Southeast district of 33,089 members. That is
up from 6,718 prior to that time period. That is a 492.5% increase. Those
numbers do not even include the 2010-11 season, in which USA Hockey
registered more players under the age of eight than ever before.
you can read the rest of the post here: http://unitedstatesofhockey.com/2011/05/17/relocations-ripple-effect/
Hockey is an important part of our community and is touching more and more lives. Playing hockey is a great way for kids to keep active, make friends, learn to be a team player and be a leader.
The Thrashers are a part of our community off of the ice, too. They live here, they work here and they like it here. In addition to donating their money and time to raise money for LOCAL charities, they make that special effort to connect with fans, especially those in need. Here is Dalton, a young boy recovering from cancer. The team made special efforts to meet him, give him all kinds of goodies and send him to a game. It's something he will never forget.
Canadians may find it hard to believe, but there ARE fans here, lots of them. We love our Thrashers hockey and we start them young!
That is how hockey grows and cities become "hockey cities."
Hockey is growing in Atlanta. If the Thrashers leave, that will slow down hockey development in this city in a huge way. Look in that little face and tell him he can't have his hockey, Bettman!