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01-02-2013, 05:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Stix and Stones View Post
Makes you wonder about the league and their whole Grow the Game spiel doesn't it?
Ya... I would think when the NHL uses the term "grow the game" what they really mean is "make the NHL as popular in the US as possible". Given the size and wealth of the market that is hardly a bad idea. I don't think the NHL has a whole lot of concern about the health of the sport in a places like the Czech Rep, Latvia, Russia, Switzerland, etc.

To be honest though I think by being so resistant to international hockey they are missing opportunities to "grow the game" in the US. Hockey can offer the US something that most other team sports, with any meaningful profile, can't... Relatively competitive and interesting international competition (unlike football) where the US usually has a realistic chance of winning (unlike soccer) but isn't the overwhelming favourite to the point where it would be bigger news if the don't win (unlike basketball).

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