Here is a hint.
First your kid tells you he loves hockey.... good start
Now you ask him/her if he wants to go skate for fun one day. (no stick, no puck, no pads) just skate around. And he says why, not really, or just no thanks......
your kid is a dreamer, not a hockey player.
You know why your kid likes soccer???? B/c he already knows how to run, and doesn't think he needs to work on it.
I will say I notice a lot of judgement from other parents towards parents who might take hockey more seriously than they do and sign their kids up for additional skills. I try not to judge unless someone seems nuts (I've met a few so far) but parents are different. Some believe that to be good at something you need to constantly work a it, others seem to think a laid back more approach letting the kid take the lead is the way to go.
I mean school should be #1 right? Hockey should be treated as an extra curricular activity but too many parents these days seem to think otherwise. I again try not to judge but I just think many parents are getting ripped off by all these fancy skills and private lessons. Even if you have the cash to burn it's time consuming. Lots of parents will never admit it was a waste because then they just look silly...so the cycle of parents doing this just continues.