Hockey heats up in China despite cost

World Today

Each afternoon, ice rinks in Beijing, often located in local malls throughout the Capital, are crowded with youngsters playing hockey. The sport, which has struggled to find a foothold in the country, is suddenly generating a lot more interest among Chinese youth. CCTV- Americas Conor Gallagher filed this report.

Hockey heats up in China despite cost

Hockey heats up in China despite cost

Each afternoon, ice rinks in Beijing, often located in local malls throughout the Capital, are crowded with youngsters playing hockey. The sport, which has struggled to find a foothold in the country, is suddenly generating a lot more interest among Chinese youth.

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  • Despite its popularity, this sport is not cheap. If families want their children to play in league games, or against other schools, the average price is 500 yuan per contest
  • Despite the high cost of the sport, parents still want their children to be involved due to the physical and emotional benefits they can gain from team-based competitions.
  • And with more children getting involved in the game, it may not be long before China sees its first star playing in the NHL.