THN: Brampton Battalion relocation proves Toronto isn't a hockey town
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12-31-2012, 12:57 AM
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So does Calgary and there is one in the Greater Seattle area, which is a draw from the Vancouver area. I'd suggest all Seattle area teams are a draw for fans from Vancouver, so really there is a MLB, NFL and a NLL team in the area. You've also forgotten Vancouver has a MLS team. Also the Vancouver Giants also have to content with NCAA football and basketball in the Washington Huskies.
But really, as far as pointing this out it is simply proving the point that Toronto is a Leafs city period. With all the other competition out there, most other hockey teams are forgotten by the average sports fan. Heck, the Argos are largely forgotten by the average sports fan in Toronto. Being from Saskatchewan, it shocks me when you walk into a sports store in Toronto and there is maybe one small tiny rack of Argos t-shirts tucked in the back corner. Anyway, the point here is that Leafs support does not equal hockey support overall.
Seattle is as close to Vancouver as Toronto is to Ottawa, Buffalo and Detroit. Therefore, by your standards, add 3 more NHl teams, 2 NFL, an NBA team and an MLB team.
Some OHL teams, an AHL team and the entire GTHL all thrive in Toronto. Brampton didnt work out but was never destined too considering proximity to the Hershey center and its target demographic not to mention public transportation is almost impossible from Toronto to Brampton and most of TO dont have cars because of the traffic problem.
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