THN: Brampton Battalion relocation proves Toronto isn't a hockey town
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12-31-2012, 05:06 AM
Join Date: Sep 2005
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Of course not, don't be stupid. But it is a simple fact that the population of Brampton is made up largely of people whose sporting interests lie elsewhere (soccer, cricket, etc.) because they come from countries that do not have winters like we do and therefore do not have winter sports. Many people here are also relative newcomers and it takes time for them to become interested in Canadian sports. After they have been here a while many of them will develop an interest in hockey, especially if their kids do, but it is unreasonable to expect that of them when they are still new to the country.
Brampton... or Mississauga are so freaking big that there are zillions of "White People" that could fill arenas for a junior team. Even if 70% of the population are new to the country or whatever. Just saying.
The thing with Toronto and it's suburbs are that Toronto is a Big City Place. Few people care about the minors or juniors or even the CFL. If you are a big you will get attendence and interest. The Jays drew 4 million fans a season in their World Series years and are doing terrible with sub 2 million attendence recently because they are just an average team. If their trades and moves succeed from the off season.. watch them literally double their attendence this season to over 3.5 million fans.
Why do small places like The Soo or Belleville do decent with OHL teams and HUGE population centres near Toronto not succeed in Junior? Because people want to see the biggest game in town.
Ottawa draws well for the 67's... and terrible for the regular Junior A teams spread around the city. While in Pembroke or Smiths Falls the Junior A teams have a big fan base... because they are the biggest games in town.
Markham or Mississauga do not have a local identitiy. They are just Toronto. You go farther outside the city where there is some local identity as a separate entity.. Like Oshawa and you have a successful franchise.
In Ottawa the 67's were the biggest game in town for like 25 years before the Senators. If you were to add a new OHL team to Ottawa it would fail miserably.
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