And finally, if you start your child playing hockey before the age of 8, they might continue to play it well into their adult years. That kind of lifetime sport is not unique but it is rare.

“When you think of playing sports for life, hockey and golf come to mind,” Rausch said, adding tennis to the mix later. “Those are all ages for the most part. You can keep playing and people do. Once you play hockey people tend to keep playing.”

That means the benefits of signing up for hockey are not just short-term. If your child ends up playing adult hockey – which is where we all end up eventually – that means they’re pursuing a healthy, active lifestyle.

And hopefully they can pass the game on to their kids.