Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban offered up a very intelligent take about how the cost of hockey makes it more difficult for more people to play and is the reason that it isn’t as popular. There’s a reason why soccer is the most popular sport in the world, and it’s because it’s cheap to play and P.K. knows that too.
6. How much of a threat do you think the cost of playing hockey is to the future of the game in Canada?
PK: [jumps in quickly] Huge threat. Huge threat, because you’re missing a big part of the population, in terms of being able to afford to play the sport. So what does that mean? That means you’re missing out on talent for the game, you’re missing out on potential interest for the game, you’re missing out on growth for the game. You’re missing out on a lot of things. When you look at soccer, it’s the most popular sport in the world. Why? Because everybody can play it … so everybody feels welcome.
Very well said on P.K.’s part.