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12-11-2012, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by LEAFANFORLIFE23 View Post
It isn't above being a slave to the masses. The death of the NHL would = the death of hockey in Canada for rhe simple fact most kids dream about playing in the NHL if it died then whats the goal? AHL? how many people do know that dreamed of being in the AHL?
I think the NHL overestimates its market in Canada. Where I work (mid-town Toironto) most kids don't play or follow hockey.

When the cohort of current hockey fans thin out, succeding generations might support basketball, soccer or other actual participation sports in greater numbers instead.

I still think pro-hockey in one form or another will survive across North America, but it won't necessarily be the NHL. It could be the NHL, but who knows? They are their own worst enemy.

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