As basketball’s influence grows, the nation’s traditional game feels pressure to change

Basketball may not replace hockey as Canada’s defining sport. But that might be because Canada has passed the point when any one sport can define it. Basketball’s biggest problem in Canada right now might be accommodating all the new interest it has generated.

For the past couple of months, hockey culture in Canada has been undergoing something between an autopsy and a collapse.

From the lowest levels up to the pros, hockey in Canada is in crisis. The sport has been tagged, rightly or wrongly, as too expensive, too old-fashioned, too self-serious and unwelcoming. Minor hockey comes off as a kids’ game played for the benefit of adults.

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