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Why Atlanta Will Have A Third NHL Chance Someday

All these people playing hockey everywhere! You may not know many or any of them, but there are apparently more and more all the time:

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The numbers are growing all around the South - including in Georgia, where Atlanta lost the Thrashers to Winnipeg last summer.

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Between 1998-99 and 2010-11, Colorado-based USA Hockey went from 911 members in Georgia to 2,287, an increase of 151 percent.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.