"It is true that your child will never get to the NHL. But that was always going to be the case."But but but my kid is never going to get to the NHL if all they do is practice and never play games!!!
It's amazing that in lot of Euro countries where the model is more-practice/limited-games and in-town leagues (as opposed to CRAZY travel leagues), small regions are churning out near same percentages of NHL and pro players per population as the whole of USA or Canada. I think it was one of the Russian players from the 1980 Olympics (looking for article) pulled his grandkid from a USA hockey league because he said his 12yo was playing more games per season than he had as a pro in USSR.
I've said this before, but a down-season is going to be the best thing to happen to a lot of players, if they stick with it. Especially kids in the 9-13 yo golden "window of trainability" where they are primed to pick up finer skating and stick skills. Same goes for figure skaters. Once that window closes, it slams down hard and it's harder and harder to learn skills. Practice, practice, practice. Even for rec league skaters, this is a great opportunity, if people choose to see it that way.