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10-25-2012, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by AceintheSpace View Post
If there are any Ranger fans in WNY, I would be shocked.

The Rangers have never been on tv there (I dont think) and Sabres fans are pretty diehard.

Utica has gotten MSG/Rangers since the late 60s (says my father). They only started showing the Sabres in Utica on MSG in 2006, so figure that one out. 40+ years vs 6?

Even growing up in Utica and playing youth hockey, pretty much everyone was a Ranger fan. All of us. After that was Devils because of the Utica Devils. Brodeur played here at the Aud (where they filmed Slap Shot). Sabres fans come in at a distant third.

The NHL is trying to play catchup I guess showing the Sabres here.
I'm originally from western NY and there is a fair number of rangers fans. While the Sabres dominate there's a contingent of people who grew up with the Rangers or Toronto to choose from. Nationalism won out. Also, don't forget that the rangers AHL team used to be in Binghamton.

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