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11-28-2012, 12:43 AM
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Originally Posted by aqib View Post
The other issue is trying to grow the game and get more fans. He wrongly thought all you had to do was introduce southern fans to hockey and they will take up the game. It hasn't worked out that way
to be fair he wasn't wrong in theory, it was the way the went about it, Whenever I talk to southerners they all love hockey once they see a game live the problem is a NHL team is expensive, tickets are expensive and so its hard to grow a fan base, Basically they tried to transplant a giant tree into an unknown environment and expected that because the tree did well elsewhere it would do fine there, what they should have done is taken a more long term view and put in minor league teams all through out the south and give it a few years and see which markets took to hockey and which ones didn't and then put in NHL teams.

If you look at the "successful" southern markets like Nashville and Tampa, their sucess has been recent but it took 10 years of struggling to get there, but what if instead of a NHL team struggling there they had put an AHL team there to help grow the hockey market so you instantly have an established local fan base

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