The Sport Information Resource Centre
The Sport Information Resource Centre

Hockey Canada recommends a ratio of two (or more) practices for every game played — claiming that one efficient practice will provide a player with more opportunities for skill development that 11 games combined. This article from The Conversation explores how the competition-oriented structure and win-at-all-costs culture of minor hockey limits opportunities for players to develop not only hockey-specific skills, but also personal assets such as making friends and building character.