Lunchtime Trivia Wednesday, January 3

Q: A number of statistics and surveys have shown that a majority of NHL hockey players have this in common.  What is it?

A:  Most were born in January and then( Feb, March, April)

Also cited in Malcolm Gladwell’s, Outliers

From an interview with Malcolm Gladwell in Quora:

It’s a beautiful example of a self-fulfilling prophecy. In Canada, the eligibility cutoff for age-class hockey programs is Jan. 1. Canada also takes hockey really seriously, so coaches start streaming the best hockey players into elite programs, where they practice more and play more games and get better coaching, as early as 8 or 9. But who tends to be the “best” player at age 8 or 8? The oldest, of course — the kids born nearest the cut-off date, who can be as much as almost a year older than kids born at the other end of the cut-off date. When you are 8 years old, 10 or 11 extra months of maturity means a lot…  Source article

Jan Birthdays link

Feb Birthdays link

March Birthdays link

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