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Old 01-05-2011, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Northfield, MN
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Here in Minnesota it seems that most people know how to ice skate, and hockey is extremely popular. Back where I'm from in Cleveland it's like this as well, although to a lesser extent. Where else is skating something that pretty much everyone knows how to do?
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Old 01-05-2011, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Buffalo
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Here in Minnesota it seems that most people know how to ice skate, and hockey is extremely popular. Back where I'm from in Cleveland it's like this as well, although to a lesser extent. Where else is skating something that pretty much everyone knows how to do?
Growing up in Western NY, me and all my friends played pond hockey (real pucks, skates and full hockey equip) all the time. Also frequently went to rec center skating rink for free skate hours. Several friends even made it to professional hockey (NHL, AHL, WHL)
Skating and hockey have always been very popular in WNY. The biggest limiting factor seems to be economics as it can be an expensive sport/hobby.
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Old 01-05-2011, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I'd assume the upper midwest (michigan, minnesota, wisconsin), western new york, and parts of new england as that's where a majority of american NHL players reside from.
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Old 01-05-2011, 02:59 PM
 
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here in NY most people know I know can ice skate to some extent. And hockey leagues are pretty popular
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Old 01-05-2011, 03:15 PM
 
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Boston, and points north ( VT, NH, ME); and the Upper Midwest and upstate NY, as others have pointed out..
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Old 01-05-2011, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
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Hockey is pretty popular amongst the kids here.
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:37 PM
 
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The question caught my eye, as I, too, am from Minnesota, where kids all seem to start skating from the time they can walk. (ironically I didn't go skating until age 9 during a visit to another state, then got so into it that I skated competitively until college) It's easy to skate casually here, at least in the winter, since there are outdoor -- and free -- rinks all over the place. Indoor rinks are also everywhere and offer lots of beginner classes, so it's an easy transition from casual outside skater to getting into it at a more serious level. Once you start skating inside, though, the costs really start adding up; ice time is really expensive. Still, at least in states with cold winters it's possible for kids of all economic backgrounds to at least have the opportunity to try it out.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:07 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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DH is from Nebraska, and played hockey on the creeks there. I am from Pennylvania, ice skating is popular there even though, in SW PA it doesn't get cold enough very often for the lakes/ponds, etc to freeze to a depth that skating is safe. It's mostly done at rinks. When we lived in Illinois, ice skating was popular. We moved to Colorado and found that it was not a popular activity here. It was hard to find a skating rink. Then the Avs (NHL team) came to town, and ice skating became very popular.
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Old 01-06-2011, 06:39 AM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Pretty much everyone skates from time to time here in northern New England, but I think as an activity it's overshadowed by a lot of other winter sports and recreation, especially skiing/snowboarding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and sledding, roughly in that order.
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Old 01-06-2011, 10:14 PM
 
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DH is from Nebraska, and played hockey on the creeks there. I am from Pennylvania, ice skating is popular there even though, in SW PA it doesn't get cold enough very often for the lakes/ponds, etc to freeze to a depth that skating is safe. It's mostly done at rinks. When we lived in Illinois, ice skating was popular. We moved to Colorado and found that it was not a popular activity here. It was hard to find a skating rink. Then the Avs (NHL team) came to town, and ice skating became very popular.
I find that interesting, as that's where I got my first taste of ice skating! Colorado is also home to the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA); they have a nice museum at their HQ in Colorado Springs. It was also where a lot of the serious skaters used to go to train (maybe still do?) with the top coaches. I still remember watching Jill Trenary practicing at the Broadmoor.

I realize, of course, that none of that (USFSA, training, etc.) translates into skating being popular with the general public, just find it kind of ironic! Same thing in LA; the Zamboni was invented there, and some of the best figure skaters in recent years live and train there, yet (not as surprising, I suppose, given the climate) ice skating, whether hockey or figure skating, is not at all popular.
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