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01-27-2013, 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by JohnLennon View Post
I agree, the Habs are definitely the most popular hockey franchise in the world. Next closest is the Leafs, and it really isn't that close. In Toronto alone, there is a massive portion of Habs fans, provided after the "exodus" of Montreal. Plus, as the most successful and historic franchise in all of hockey, you can't NOT gain fans from all corners of the world as you grow.
Within hockey countries I know the Habs are probably the most popular NHL team in Switzerland (between the French factor and pioneering Swiss players in the NHL) and have an above average following in Finland (Koivu) and Sweden (Despite not having a Swedish player of note since Mats Naslund, apparently the Habs are still very popular in Sweden, although our fanbase there is aging as we have lost a lot of younger fans to the Wings and Canucks)

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