THN: Brampton Battalion relocation proves Toronto isn't a hockey town
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11-09-2012, 10:30 AM
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Memroial Cup a Flop Everywhere but the box office.
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Gerard Gallant tried to choose his words carefully.
It is not that Mississauga did a poor job of hosting the Memorial Cup. Far from it, said the head coach of the Saint John Sea Dogs. The games were well-attended. The accommodations were top-notch. Everything about the 10-day tournament was nicely organized.
It is just that, well, how does Gallant put it?
“Once you leave the hotel, you wouldn’t know there’s a Memorial Cup,” he said of being in Mississauga. “We were walking around the city the other day and a few people asked what’s going on. When we told them, some of them had no idea what we were talking about.”
Sums up the lack of attention the Memorial Cup got rather well. Although I thought the coverage and attention the tournament got in Vancouver was great, and the crowd's reflected it: Highest attended tournament ever.
To say Toronto (or GTA for arguments sake) may have some merit, but it depends which way you look at it.
1) You can look at it from a support perspective, and how Major Junior or AHL teams are being supported. Toronto/GTA doesn't live up to this definition then, given the attendance in recent years of Brampton, Mississauga and Marlies games.
2) You can look at the list Smitty10 posted, and see the game is being played at high levels across the region. You can't argue with that.
The Leafs are the be all, end all in the city, but I can't say they're not a hockey town with the amount that's being played in the area.
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