As an adult, moving to a new city and finding new friends, sports teams, and hobbies can be difficult. Luckily there are websites for finding friends and thousands of groups you can associate with to meet new people. However, there is one group, or sport in particular, that does not have a strong online community. That sport is ice hockey.
The current problem with online hockey sites and communities is that they stay within their respective clubs and leagues. This makes it hard for outsiders to learn more about the team, or even to know the team exists. Why are not hockey teams branching out and networking together? Is it that manly testosterone and love for fighting that so stereotypically is associated with hockey players that is preventing this? No. Quite simply, the problem is money. Hockey teams have enormous fees to pay: ice time fees, referee fees, insurance fees, teams fees, and more! Because of this, hockey teams that want a site or place to be recognized on the web have to resort to free webpages. These free webpages are best found on the team's main league or even ice rink sites. When a team makes a page on their league's website, it is pretty much game over in terms of publicity. Very rarely do league or rink sites network with other leagues in the surrounding area. This in turn makes it difficult for anyone to stumble upon the team's page and there because that page is only used by the current team members.
The solution to this problem would be to have a hockey community site that could address all these issues. Would not it be nice to have a worldwide community of ice hockey teams that were able to share photos and info for free? Sure you could try this on Facebook, but it is not tailor to the needs of hockey teams. Hockey teams would need areas to display player stats, team standings, and most importantly, a way to be found through a search.
Luckily because of the improvements in web technologies and the recent boom of social media, we should start seeing sites offering these services soon. It is becoming easier and easier to create websites, and there before it should prompt the less technically inclined sports players to start developing online gatherings. So cross your fingers and keep an eye out for sport networking sites, including those for hockey, as they are sure to pop up in the near future.