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04-14-2004, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Potter
Columbus takes fans away from the big time teams in the Midwest like Detroit, St. Louis, and Chicago.

Dont get so offended that I put the Devils on that list. Look at some of those teams. The ducks were in the finals last year. Carolina the year before that. Tampa won the East. Nashville, Atlanta, and Columbus are up-and-coming teams.
Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit have good fanbases, and don't need to worry (except for the Hawks, they need to worry about their owner... ).

Columbus was the best (recent) expansion move by the NHL: it's a big town with no professional sports which looks to compete with Cincinatti and Cleveland. As much as they love their college football in Columbus, there was definitely room for pro sports. In addition, I understand that the team have a great arena. Instead of poach fans from other midwest teams, I would wager that the foundation of the BJ's is the one thing that the NHL has done recently to actually create new hockey fans.

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