TIME FOR SUN­BELT WJC

Mov­ing the world ju­niors to a Sun Belt des­ti­na­tion would grow the game in south­ern mar­kets and at­tract Cana­dian heat seek­ers

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SOME TRA­DI­TION­AL­ISTS WOULD RATHER SEE HOCKEY DIE IN THE SUN BELT, BUT THE ‘GRET­ZKY EF­FECT’ OF THE 1990S IS REAL

TCHREEACMROOPF Hockey is no longer a fall­back sport for elite U.S. ath­letes clihkeooJ­soeneitsa. sM­tah­neyir pri­mary ca­reer path now.

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