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11-10-2012, 12:00 AM
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Originally Posted by achtungbaby View Post
TO isn't a hockey market, it's a Leafs market. Why does this offend Leafs fans? Nothing wrong with that. Be proud. Leafs or nothing!

Originally Posted by smitty10 View Post
A very large number of second or later generation Canadians of Asian descent (all of Asia) love hockey. You're seeing more black Canadians adopting the sport too, which is great because it's such an integral part of Canadian culture. However, many first generation immigrants and people who stay in their ethnic circles (including Europeans) don't tend to embrace hockey and that's a lot of what you see in Brampton. There isn't anything wrong with this, but it doesn't make for a situation that is good for a hockey team.

Regardless, a team 45 minutes away from Toronto on the outskirts of the GTA isn't a top priority for Torontonians and even most people in the closer suburbs. Mississauga is closer and has a good following of people from the west-end, Barrie and many junior A teams reside successfully in the northern area and north of the GTA and the Gens, Pickering Panthers and Whitby Fury all play in the less populated east-end. I just don't understand how this writer thinks Toronto isn't a hockey town.

So here are a list of Junior A and above teams in the GTA:

Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Brampton Battalion (OHL) - leaving
Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
Oshawa Generals (OHL)
Barrie Colts (OHL)
Whitby Fury (Junior A)
Pickering Panthers (Junior A)
Aurora Tigers (Junior A)
Newmarket Hurricanes (Junior A)
Mississauga Chargers (Junior A)
Toronto Jr. Canadiens (Junior A)
Stouffville Spirit (Junior A)
St. Michael's Buzzards (Junior A)
North York Rangers (Junior A)
Toronto Lakeshore Patriots (Junior A)
Burlington Cougars (Junior A)
Oakville Blades (Junior A)
Milton Icehawks (Junior A)

And if expanded to the Golden Horseshoe, you could also include:

Guelph Storm (OHL)
Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL)
Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Orangeville Flyers (Junior A)
Lindsay Huskies (Junior A)
Georgetown Raiders (Junior A)

Not a bad number of teams within around an hour drive from Toronto (excluding Hamilton and CIS teams). For a non-hockey town this is pretty impressive, IMO.
It bothers people because it's not true. Not only can it be proven by common sense, but the above post and some additional information can prove to even the daftest of posters that the largest hockey market in the world is indeed a hockey city...

Toronto is also home to the GTHL (Greater Toronto Hockey League), which is the largest hockey league in the ENTIRE WORLD. Not to mention the hundreds of Scarborough and OMHA (Ontario Minor Hockey Association) teams operating in the Greater Toronto Area.

You can also add in the ASHL (Adult Safe Hockey League), which is the largest 'beer league' in the world and has thousands of teams in the Toronto area.

We also hold the WJC team in exhibition play yearly and sell out every game.

And additionally, a list of current NHL players from Toronto/GTA:

Andrew Cogliano
Daniel Winnik
Chris Kelly
Rich Peverley
Tyler Seguin
Shawn Thornton
Mike Cammalleri
Mark Giordano
Matt Stajan
Dennis Wideman
Cody Hodgson
Tim Brent
Jay Harrison
Anthony Stewart
Dave Bolland
Dan Carcillo
Jamal Mayers
David Jones
Steve Mason
Trevor Daley
Carlo Colaiacovo
Theo Peckham
Shawn Matthias
Stephen Weiss
Kyle Clifford
Matt Halischuk
David Clarkson
Josh Bailey
Brad Boyes
Matt Moulson
John Tavares
Michael del Zotto
Steve Eminger
Rick Nash
Jason Spezza
Wayne Simmonds
Raffi Torres
James Neal
Brent Burns
Logan Couture
Brian Elliot
Alex Pietrangelo
Chris Stewart
Steven Stamkos
Nazem Kadri
Kyle Wilson
Manny Malhotra
Joel Ward
Wojtek Wolski

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