NHL to Expand 2 teams in Canada - THN
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10-13-2012, 04:06 PM
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Why is the lower mainland never mentioned for another team? ... too small to support 2?
The University of Toronto's Mowat Centre for Research has produced a couple of reports that do indeed state the Lower Mainland could support two teams. Possibly in another 20yrs as growth throughout the Fraser Valley continues, but not now, anytime soon. Vancouver doesnt yet have the corporate weight to support 2 teams, and really, it wasnt that long ago with a weak dollar & underperforming economy that the Canucks were struggling with ticket sales. The Vancouver Giants who play out of the old Pacific Coliseum do extremely well (even better with the Lockout); while the Flames AHL Team the Abbotsford Heat have been playing to about 50-60% capacity (4500 or so per game), struggling somewhat.
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