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11-19-2012, 01:55 PM
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Hockey in Canada is not Quebec centric.
There are rinks here in Ontario that have been opened during the summer hockey and camps much longer than that.
It was until the 20s probably though, maybe 10s with the PCHA and Stanley Cup trustees' decision to recognize the US teams. The Wanderers folded and the NHL takes over putting franchises all over the map breaking the Eastern Canada focus to that point.
By contrast, Toronto can get in a pissing match with Pittsburgh and Detroit about who was the better second-tier market of the time, but that's all they're fighting for.
I think this is one of the main problems with this back and forth. You're talking more about the present where rinks are more available than they were in the past.
There's a reason for so few teams/players in Western Canada for most of hockey history (see HV's post) and I'm entirely sold the reasons are what CS58 is claiming. You believe this area's contributions are vital to the 5x larger talent pool, but you still haven't presented why you believe they suddenly came on the scene.
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