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01-24-2013, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by CriminallyVu1gar View Post
I'm living in (near) Seattle and looking forward to maybe getting an NHL team. Talked with James Mirtle on Twitter about it the other day, and he compared it to Raleigh. Curious as to how valid some NC natives think that comparison is. There are obviously some key differences:
  • Hockey participation in WA is higher than NC, but not by much
  • Seattle is bigger, but Raleigh probably has closer 'other' large population centers
  • Similar tech company influences.
  • Relatively high income areas nearby
  • The Hurricanes obviously have less pro-sports competition
  • But probably more college sports competition
  • Seattle is set up with a nearby rival (Vancouver), I don't know that the Canes have a rival even now (Maybe the Capitals?)
Seattle would be a good fit for a team, that place is pro sports crazy. I know the top priority is getting the Sonics back, but I think an NHL team would be embraced up there. Something's telling me that the NHL is looking at Seattle rather then QC as the relocation option for Phoenix if it goes that way.

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