It’s a sun-drenched Tuesday morning in mid-July, and the for-profit four-pad rink in suburban Toronto is not exactly buzzing. Just the diehards here at this time of year. But it’s also the part of the hockey calendar when boys and girls whose parents have a lot of money or a willingness to make big sacrifices (or both) begin to set themselves apart from their peers. At the entrance of the rink, an enormous sign that reads “SET GOALS, SCORE GOALS” is surrounded by notices from hockey camps and development groups that promise to deliver an advantage when it comes to speed and skill. Just outside the attached orthopedic clinic are brochures for a company that offers off-season tournaments, events such as May Madness and Summer Meltdown. This is where hockey is a 12-months-a-year pursuit, wher...
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