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11-03-2009, 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Sinurgy View Post
I'd love for that to be the case but honestly I don't think it's going to happen this year. Maybe if the team is kicking ass but even then it's going to be tough.
Agreed. For attendance to go up, I think we need 2 things:

- A clear agreement between the CoG and a new owner, guaranteeing at least 2 years in AZ.
- An interesting second-half of the season.

If we're lucky, we might see 13,000+ at the games after the Olympic break. I think national coverage during the Olympics will definitely help. Seing Doan (and maybe Jovo?) on team Canada on NBC will be a huge marketing boost - that is, as long as the Yotes don't suck.

I remember when France qualified for the '92 Olympics playoffs in Albertville (only time they would ever qualify). For a couple of years, hockey went from exotic to pretty popular. The Vancouver games are going to be a huge deal, and I think it's going to get people here excited about the sport for a short period of time.

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