A season of rep hockey can run a family upwards of $5,000 a year. Per kid.
Add equipment costs, away tourneys, track suits, meals on the road, filling up the gas tank — the list goes on.
It's keeping kids out of the game, no question about it. Is hockey becoming a rich man's sport?
Is organized hockey a game only for the elite?
What are you, your team, your family and your association doing to handle the rising costs to play Canada's game? Or are you opting for other activities instead?
Scroll below to replay Our Game's LIVE forum: Is minor hockey too expensive? We rounded up the experts to make their comments and fuel the discussion.
Meet the experts
Glen McCurdie is Hockey Canada's senior director of insurance and member services. He's been coaching minor hockey for more than a decade, is an initiation program instructor, and was the first vice president of the Osgoode-Rideau Minor Hockey Association in Ottawa.
Coming to us from Newfoundland is Our Game columnist Donnie Power. He's a coach, the president of a minor hockey association, and has been writing about the game for more than 20 years.
Ken Wolff is president of the Greater Toronto Hockey League's Mississauga Terriers. He's been involved in minor hockey for more than 15 years.
This is 'Minor Hockey Talk', and it happens every Thursday on Our Game.