THN: Brampton Battalion relocation proves Toronto isn't a hockey town
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11-07-2012, 01:16 PM
Join Date: Feb 2008
As much as I don't the Leafs you can't say that Toronto isn't a hockey town. Despite the years of mediocre play the Leafs are still number 1.
I think that OHL teams suffer in this region because they have to compete against too many other options for the sports public's attention. Not only in terms of live events but also with events on television and specialty channels.
The death of the original Marlies OHL team in the late 1980s was really the canary in the coal mine as far as that trend is concerned. Maybe the St. Mike's Majors could have made a go of it in a better arena but the Leafs weren't interested in helping Eugene Melnyk.
As Toronto and the GTA become more multiethnic we'll see more and more players going onto higher levels of professional hockey, continuing and expanding a trend we can already see happening. It may lag by a generation or so but sports usually reflect the composition of the broader society.
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