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11-15-2012, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Ogopogo View Post
I have been to Seattle dozens of times in my life - probably the American city I have visited most of any. I even went to a Memorial Cup tournament in Seattle in the mid-90s and saw the empty Key Arena as the Thunderbirds played in the tournament.

I have talked to sports fans and non-sports fans alike in Seattle and I have never seen much interest in hockey or the NHL. In an environment where they love football and basketball so much more, the NHL will be a money loser in this city.

Unless there is this huge hockey loving sub-culture that hides from me every time I visit, I just don't see it being any more successful than Nashville or Miami.
So, a junior tourney couldn't fill an NHL size arena and that is your basis? Because there wasn't much interest in the NHL in a city before they have a team? Do you think there was much interest in Denver in the NHL between the time of the Rockies leaving and the Nords coming? Think there was much interest in hockey in Philadelphia or Pittsburgh pre-1967? I do not think the Memorial Cup tournament could fill up MSG, but the Rangers aren't having any problem making money.

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