Will the Lightning’s success impact youth hockey?

by Gary Shelton on June 20, 2015 · 1 comment

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Given the successful year the Lightning had, plus the incredible fan support throughout the year, do you see any possibility of the sport developing more at the youth and school levels in Florida? Granted, building more ice rinks is an expensive undertaking and most of the other warm weather franchises are not successful expect for Southern California. Unfortunately, our public school system is so drastically underfunded. I don't see any hope for investing in hockey programs unless private sponsorship becomes available. It would be cool if the Lightning would support  some type of public school program.

Barry McDowell

Barry, the youth leagues are growing all the time. Remember Lightning general manager Jay Feaster? These days, all of his work is in the field of youth hockey. Go to any skating rink, and a large

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Cecil DeBald June 20, 2015 at 5:28 pm

Ah, just some thoughts…I agree, give me the hammer thrower, too. Regarding fan voting, I dislike and ignore all awards that are voted on, pay no attention to them. Every one of them has built-in bias of some form or another. Give me the LPGA – X number of wins or major wins, you’re in – or you’re not. Players on team sports it’s harder, but not impossible. But then all those current power-brokers get into a tizzy because it threatens their ego. But then that’s just me, in the Olympics I watch the sports that are decided by measurement (our old hammer thrower) and ignore the sports that are voted on (ice skating).

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