Why isn't this popular in warm climates (like where I live) where hockey is either impossible or would be extremely expensive? I would bet if more people knew about it it might really take off! (And now off to share the video link of my FB page and pose this question to my other desert-dwelling friends). Thanks!
I live in a pretty small town- I've never seen it played locally. Maybe in one of the bigger cities in my state (I'm in New Mexico). But it makes much more sense! Arizona has an actual hockey team (who play about as well as you'd expect coming from the desert), but for a poorer state (NM) this would work. Although given the pitiful conditions I've seen for some facilities- maybe not. I do know "street hockey" played with roller blades is popular is some cities (kids after school, playing in the streets). Again, I've never seen it here.
It's neither ice hockey nor field hockey; there's no ice and no field (so it also isn't bandy). The players wear flat shoes, so it's not roller hockey. I think it's played in a smaller area and with fewer players than field hockey or bandy. It seems to me like ice hockey without ice.