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BEIJING Scarpe Nike Air Max 90 1 Bianche Grigie , April 12 (Xinhua) -- Li Yu, 11, is one of over 3,000Beijing boys for most of whom ice hockey carries life-changingsignificance.

When he took to ice hockey at age three, Li's life path began todivert from the traditional ones. He spent most of hisextracurricular time on playing ice hockey while his peers wereattending after-school classes, according to his father.

This summer Li will go to Canada to play ice hockey. His fatheris choosing a boarding school for him.

"If not for ice hockey, it is needless for so young a boy to goto study overseas," said his father who asked for anonimity. "Butnext year he will go to middle school where in China he will beunder huge pressure to study hard and have not much time to playice hockey."

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Li is following in the steps of his predecessors like SongAndong, who was drafted in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the New YorkIslanders.

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Song and Li belong to a unique group of Beijing boys who share alot in common -- rich family, open-minded and resourceful parentsand above all, ice hockey.

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"This means more and more families are getting rich, like inCanada or the United States, ice hockey is very expensive to play.Only the affluent families can afford it," said Feng.

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"After Beijing won the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, icehockey is becoming popular here, now we have more than 30 indoorrinks in Beijing, and 10 of them were built up last year. We willhave more boys playing ice hockey," Feng said.

"Ice hockey brought a lot of positive changes to the kids," saidFeng. "Look at Li, he has never been bullied in school, nobodydared to do it. He works out on the rink three or four times a weekand thanks to that he is strong Scarpe Uomo Nike Air Max Plus Metallic Oro Rosse , powerful and energetic. He nowweighs 70 kg, almost 20 more than his classmates."

Li's father is also gratified to see how playing ice hockey hashelped shape up his son's character.

"He is tough, never gave up until the end of match. I am veryproud of his fighting spirit," his father said. "I think it is dueto playing ice hockey."

Li was one of the talents that caught the eyes of Jay Tredway,sports director of the prestigious Ridley College of Canda, who setup a two-day training camp early April in Beijing.

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Tredway found that some Chinese kids are well prepared to makefurther development.

"In Canada a lot of kids start playing hockey skating at threeyears old, here in China when we talked to some families, they saidsome kids began to play hockey at year of two. So not surprisingsome of the best have been playing for six years," he said.

"The longer they have been involved in that and at the youngerage they began to be involved, the better you are going to be atthis stage of development," he said.

Li will go to study in Canada this summer and hone his icehockey skills with the aim to become a professional player in thefuture.

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"We know it is very hard to be a professional player, so if myson fails to do so, he will apply for a good NCAA university.Playing good ice hockey can help him achieve that," his fathersaid.

"Life is a journey full of choies, I try to choose the best onefor my son," he said. Enditem

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