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11-15-2012, 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by patnyrnyg View Post
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.
Actually, a junior hockey tourney that couldn't even fill a junior sized arena. There were less than 3,000 people in the seats for most of the games - and many of us that did show up were from Canada.

Just saying that it is a difficult task to build a hockey market and many teams fold or move long before ever pulling it off. Without interest in the game to begin with, a market is in a very tough spot.

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