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11-20-2012, 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by northvanman View Post
Hamilton has no team! Besides, venues much more suitable than Copps are dotted all over southern and southwestern Ontario - Poweraid Centre (Brampton), Hershey Centre (Mississauga), Memorial Aud (Kitchener), Sun Life Arena (Kitchener), Sleeman Centre (Guelph) John Labatt Centre (London), Mattamy Centre/MLG (Toronto), Ricoh Colliseum (Toronto).

Problem is, I don't think you'll get the attendance in any of these places. OUA teams (other than Lakehead and Nipissing) routinely draw only a couple of hundred people to their games. There is almost zero CIS hockey profile in the Toronto media, and it's sporadic at best in the Kitchener-Walterloo, Guelph and London newspapers. As someone stated in an earlier post, the OHL rules in Ontario (except in Toronto, where other than the Leafs, no team in any sport is able to consistently fill any venue).

I like the suggestion about keeping it where you know the support is - the Halifax idea is a great one.
Agreed completely.

As for the poor attendance in Ontario, I am not sure I view it with such disdain as others. Between where I am from, live, work etc, I have the ability to attend NHL games (when there is no lockout), AHL games in either Hamilton or Toronto, and plenty of junior hockey. The Sleeman Centre (Guelph) and the Aud (Kitchener) are both closer for me to travel to than to attend a Laurier game, and have future NHL impact players, first round draft picks and even future NHL stars playing. AHL games in Toronto are quite cheap, the team is strong, and the play is well above CIS. Despite this, I typically attend only a few junior games per year, maybe 1 or 2 AHL games, and annually about 15 CIS games. I enjoy that I can buy tickets at the door for $5-$8 each instead of weeks in advance through Ticketmaster. I also enjoy that I do not have to wait for hours to get out of a parking lot, and that I can sit in the best seats even if I arrive 5 minutes before. It is as close as you can get to owning your own private hockey league.

From the sounds of it, in most of Canada with the exception of a few markets, it is this way too. I don't think CIS will ever be universally commercial and popular. But it is not just Ontario. Outside of Lakehead, Nipissing, UNB, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, are there any markets that average 1000+ during the regular season? I'm not sure there if there are any, but I just don't see that as a problem.

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