THE FINANCIAL AND TIME SACRIFICES TO PLAY YOUTH HOCKEY
(Grand Forks Herald, March 9, 2016) - The Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota took a closer look at the financial and time investments for kids to play hockey. Some families told the newspaper they spend as much as $10,000 a year for equipment, fees, travel and lodging. Parents end up making numerous sacrifices in order for their children to play the sport they enjoy.
There are ways to reduce some of the equipment costs, which is pointed out by Eric Knudson, the store manager of NSGA member Gerrells Sports Center/Hockey World in Grand Forks. Helmets can be used for two to three years and Gerrells also has a leasing program for skates so they can be switched out in-season if a player's feet outgrow the skates. Equipment can also be handed down to younger siblings.
Click here to read the full story and view a graphic that shows the cost of outfitting a player from head to toe.