It's that delicious time between the end of the regular season and the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Major junior hockey's second playoff round is underway and Tier II junior in these parts is just about to start its championship final. The weather is starting to finally warm up. But what do I see in driveways around town? Kids playing basketball. We have countless cul-de-sacs and street circles in Stouffville but they have been, for the most part, free of road hockey this spring. I drive around a lot and, so far, I've seen one game. One. And on another occasion, I spied two brothers firing a tennis ball at a net in their driveway. When I was a kid in the 1960s, we played road hockey after school every day, and then again after dinner when Daylight Saving Time kicked in. And while we were playing in our 'hood, kids in the next subdivision were doing the same, and so on. Hockey is an expensive sport to play on ice in winter leagues; basketball, less so. And with our ever-changing demographic, hockey's popularity in this part of Canada seems to be on the wane. I hope I'm wrong but the times, they are a-changin'.

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