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12-30-2012, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Shootmaster_44 View Post
I have no specific evidence of immigrants actually playing, but it is telling when CBC airs Hockey Night in Canada every Saturday (and every playoff game they carry) in Punjabi. They wouldn't waste the satellite space and money broadcasting the game in Punjabi, if they didn't have an audience that watched it. Since the majority of the games shown on HNIC are Leafs games (and when there is a split broadcast the Punjabi games are the Leafs games), I would suggest that a good portion of immigrants in Toronto are hockey fans.
I would beg to differ, I know a lot of second and third generation immigrants still not into hockey, and many friends from Brampton and Markham (both immigrant heavy) are not into hockey either. A lot of the European immigrants have embraced it, but the Asian and middle eastern populations have a small percentage that follow and or play the sport.

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