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12-19-2012, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Chancellor Vitale View Post
What a jag.

McHuge, Kayle: good points and links, thanks.

Ogre: probably true. I'm mostly concerned with the NHL and see growth in youth numbers as a important but not sufficient justification for Bettman-like expansion.

Also not really sure I buy the idea that all those USA Hockey Membership increases are due to league expansion into non-traditional markets. USA Hockey is sort of its own thing right... markets itself, is active in communities. Just pointing that out.
If I didn't follow NHL hockey and prospects, I would have no freaking idea that USA hockey existed outside of the Olympics for a few weeks every 4 years. There is a reason youth hockey is growing at a MUCH faster rate in areas with NHL teams than in areas without them.

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