Paul Kelly says QC & Toronto to get expansion teams; Daly disputes assertion
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01-31-2013, 12:04 AM
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Really? Youth hockey in Toronto is declining at a rapid rate.
Lol, yea, and the GTHL is still somehow the largest and most successful development league in the world. And Toronto has the most amount of players in the NHL of any city. And Ontario has the most amount of players in the NHL of any province or state. In fact, Ontario could go toe-to-toe with the rest of Canada and do pretty damn well.
Sure, some of the intermediary teams don't get a lot of support, but tons of people play youth hockey here -- hence it produces so many players and has the best development league in the world. And tons more love NHL hockey; there are at least as many Leafs haters (who nevertheless love NHL hockey, just not the Leafs) as there are Leafs fans. A second team in the GTA would thrive.
Personally, though, if an NHL team comes to Southern Ontario (article said "Ontario" is an underserved market), then I'd hope it's Hamilton.
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