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10-30-2012, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Buck Aki Berg View Post
I'm sure the Rangers lost plenty of fans to the Islanders in the early 80s.
Yup - and it started in the 70's

Originally Posted by txpd View Post
thats probably less true. they last tier 2 and tier 3 fans that spent little if any actual money on the rangers.
Not true. I knew quite a few Ranger fans - including families with Rangers STs - who quickly switched allegiances.

The fact that it was a Long Island team was a strong draw - getting out of the shadows of NYC.

This was also a contributing factor to the early success of the Sharks - that it was a San Jose team, not a SF one.

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