NHL to Expand 2 teams in Canada - THN
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10-12-2012, 12:41 AM
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Was Ottawa a "non-traditional hockey market" when they got a team in the 90s? Why not? Because they previously had NHL hockey and never stopped having hockey at some level?
Seattle is America's Ottawa
No. It isn't. Because you don't live with, go to class with, eat with, socialize with, and spend four years of your life 24/7 with a minor league franchise. You do at a University. The connection you have with your university is infinitely deeper than the connection fans have with a pro franchise.
If I had the option to see my alma mater win the Division I Men's Basketball Championship, but my favorite local minor league franchise would be CONTRACTED there wouldn't be a split second hesitation before picking my alma mater.
Ottawa is a SIGNIFICANTLY better hockey market than Seattle. That comparison is simply not accurate.
And, you are making my point - Husky football and basketball will be ahead of NHL hockey in Seattle along with the Sonics, Seahawks, Mariners and Sounders.
Very hard to be successful when you are #7 in a market.
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