Plus most kids skate more than 50% of the time outside & many of their games are played at local outdoor rinks in their parks. Apples to oranges.
it is certain mindset, just as the Swedes, Finns, Canadians, etc have. We would do well to pay attention and emulate. Doesn't mean we could replicate but certainly learn from and improve on. Too bad youth hockey has become a big business as opposed to a Community thing.