The issue is there is no season for hockey. Starts pre labor day and goes until the beginning of April. And that is the regular season. It is crazy. Say what you want about other sports, but the main season is still 2-3 months. Sure there is fall baseball, spring 7 on 7 football, but the main season is resonable. Hockey is just insanity.
Rink and money driven, not kid driven like it should be.
Solution? ImUSA hockey stepping in for the good of kids and truly embracing the ADM model not just on half ice, but season length and multiple sports.
Do the right thing USA hockey. The multi millionaire rink owners will not go broke and I am sure they will find other purposes for the rink. Melt the ice to save $$$, bring in circuses, convert to training facilities for the season (Lacrosse, baseball, soccer, football), hold ping pong tournaments, etc.
Practice what you preach USA Hockey and allow our kids to become the athletes you breach by shortening the season and making it a true winter sport.