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01-01-2013, 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
Economic success today coupled with poor value is not something to brag about. Its a bad strategy. Its a strategy that they will regret if they don't begin treating their fans as if they care about them.

Building rinks is no indication of professional sports success.
I'm sorry, how do the habs and leafs treat their fans poorly? I don't know about Toronto but I have no problems with the ownership and we have a far better gm now. The coach is +/- right now.

And building rinks is one of the best ways to develop fans. I don't think it is a coincidence that the successful markets are also good hockey markets. The day the little kid laces them up or gets a jersey for Christmas and wants to emulate local players, you have a fan for life. Having a good hockey market makes having a good NHL market soo much easier. It allows kids from those markets to see the team and see the way forward if they want to take up the game.

I suppose you could develop a fan base without this, but having a growing hockey culture makes it so much easier.

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