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12-29-2012, 01:15 PM
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Seattle has the corporate support to make the NHL work. If they had a new arena five years ago they never would have lost the NBA and could have had an NHL team by now as well. Seattle would not only get fans from northern WA and of course BC who can't get to see Canucks games, they also have a base of hockey fans from WHL cities such as Everett, Portland and Spokane to draw from. And let's not forget the base of hockey fans from the Seattle Thunderbirds, either. Both the NHL and WHL can co-exist because they cater to different price points in the entertainment market (and the T-Birds arena is located between Seattle and Tacoma, so they draw from other parts of the greater Puget Sound area)

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