The Crosby Effect

Canadian youth hockey, already battling headaches, is staggered by a blow to its hero

Updated: March 16, 2011, 2:00 PM ET
By Lindsay Berra | ESPN The Magazine

Note: This story appears in the March 21 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Hockey players are as indigenous to the Great White North as geese. Why, then, is Canada suddenly suffering from a shortage of skaters? Economic woes (youth hockey costs about $5,000 per season) and competing options for kids have factored into the decline in participation. But the most powerful reason may be the increase in injuries -- most notably concussions.

It doesn't help that the latest ...

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