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12-05-2012, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Ernie View Post
Here's a good place to start:

Probably couldn't support a 30 team league, but a handful of teams in Russia, a few teams in Germany, a couple of teams in each of Switzerland and Sweden, one each in Finland and the Czech Republic, and you're well on the way to a 16 team league.

Could the markets support it? I think so. Stockholm has a metro population of 2m, which would be the size of an average NHL market, and much bigger than some. I think there would also be room for expansion into "non-traditional" markets - if pro hockey can exist in the southern US, then it should also make sense in Paris and London.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but Sweden and Europe is thank god not like NA when it comes to sports. We have traditions here. Stockholm has 2 (3) hockey teams, that town would NEVER EVER (read: it won't happen) unite under 1 team. It just will not happen. And for stockholm to be able to support a team like that, it needs to have the entire city behind it, which it will not have.

And making a new franchise, I would bet that team would have less than 10 fans.

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