THN: Brampton Battalion relocation proves Toronto isn't a hockey town
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11-09-2012, 01:08 PM
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There is a simple explanation. The Toronto Maple Leafs. How many junior teams survive in big cities with NHL teams? It's not a large number.
here are four teams in the entire CHL that exist in NHL markets.
Vancouver Giants, Calgary Hitman, Edmonton Oil Kings and the Ottawa 67's.
None of those teams have AHL, NHL, CFL, MLB teams all in the same city. They also don't have the second AHL, CFL, CHL, NHL within driving distances
. It doesn't take a genius to figure this one out. Hell, the very fact that Brampton and Mississauga have CHL teams probably hurts them both. Watch the Steelheads attendance rise significantly.
And the Marlies are well above the AHL average for attendance currently and have risen in attendance every year since being in Toronto. It takes time to build a following, especially in a city with so many sports offerings.
lus Brampton and Mississauga are not Toronto. The GTA is different from Toronto itself. It's like saying that even though you live in Boston, you're actually a New York resident. They are part of the same megalopolis so it must be that...
But even if the twisted logic somehow held up, the Battalion leaving are not indicative of Toronto not being a hockey town. That's moronic logic.
Toronto has the largest minor hockey league in the entire world in the GTHL. They have 40 000 players registering every year.
Toronto not being a hockey town is like saying Nashville isn't the home of country music. It's not true.
You need to look at a map. your comparisons are way off when comparing Toronto/Mississauga to Boston New York.
Corporate aside, i am going to say more than half of the attendance of at a Leaf game is from outside of the city of Toronto. More people live outside the city than in the city. Not to mention, that now over 50% of the city population of Toronto2.6 million are visible minority and are not necessarily hockey fans.
AS for four teams in the CHL that exist in NHL markets, you are wrong again.
I can name off lots. hmm. Brampton, Oshawa, Mississauga, Guelph, Plymouth, Windsor, Niagara, Broisband, Hull. Not to mention some just onthe outskirts like Barrie, Kitchener, Sarnia etc.
Of those four teams. They have CFL(can't remember if Ottawa does or not anymore), the Canucks have Abbotsford Heat and if toronto is within driving distance of another NHL team then so is Ottawa.
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