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Mats J Larsson: A light illuminates in the nationalsportens darkness

It is one of these vardagsmatcher when the Court barely, is far from packed when Djurgårdens SHL-player skrinnar out on the ice.

Also on the bortasektionen feels the commitment cooler than a few years ago, despite the fact that Skellefteå AIK made it to the CHAMPIONSHIP finals seven of the last eight years. Now the cords team at the bottom of the table.

it is even harder to fill the stands. The highest national ice hockey league has prior to this season simply stopped play on Monday, the worst publikdagen, and vardagsmatcherna has been drastically reduced, to the benefit of the weekends.

Above all, it is difficult with the recruitment of new audiences, " says my friend of His. The young people are no longer on the hockey, the sport which recently was voted our national sport ahead of football and längskidåkning of Radiosportens – probably the right aged listeners.

warns that the supply of new entrants to the sport are threatened by all the concussions. Which parent want to put their son or daughter in a sport that can give lifelong disability?

With these thoughts, I go to the Saturday morning veteranhockey in the pouring rain. Will the ice on long lake at all to be playable in the winter with this mild weather?

and suddenly a light up. A 12-year-old who accompanies his father spins in the last minute up all the guys and put the puck in the goal.

" I was born in -06, but play with the 05's, he tells us proudly in the avbytarbåset.

Hockeyns future might be there, after all.

Mats J Larsson is a journalist at DN and scored a goal and two passes in Saturday's veteranhockeymatch, which, however, ended with storförlust.

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