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01-24-2013, 01:13 PM
Anton Dubinchuk
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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?)
Wow, not really too flattering to Raleigh or the Canes in that list, are ya?

Seeing how the Sounders have taken off in Seattle makes me think it's VERY low-risk as a hockey market. As far as getting a team there, if you bring one, they will come.

As far as our rivals go, we don't have one signature rival but there's certainly some teams we've got some history with. Florida hates us, Jersey hates us, we hate Buffalo, and between those three we've got enough "rivalry" to make up for not having a single enemy.

I do think the similarity exists in that Raleigh was an untapped market that they brought a team to and ultimately had success with. But besides that they're not too much alike. A lot more meth here, a lot more suicide there. At least hockey's indoors though so the games won't get rained out!

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