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12-03-2012, 03:10 PM
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Metro population doesn't really tell you anything about hockey popularity in an area though.

What good is it to have 5 millon metro pop, when hockey is behind the NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA basketball, NCAA football, mens tennis, womens tennis, NASCAR, etc. etc. in terms of popularity in a region?

I'd bet money there are more future hockey fans being born every day and moving into a region like Alberta (Edmonton has had 11% growth in its population in the last 7 years or so, Calgary even higher), where hockey is the 1/2/3/4 sport.

You look at Edmonton/Calgary which have at least 200,000 population (metro area) growth since the mid-90s, how much you want to bet at least 50,000 for each Calgary/Edmonton are hockey fans or have become hockey fans?

That's enough just in new fans to sell out a Saddledome or Rexall more than twice over on top of the pre-existing fan base.

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