Paul Kelly says QC & Toronto to get expansion teams; Daly disputes assertion
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01-31-2013, 01:34 AM
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
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No he's right. The sign up of players in below naturl growth since 2006 saffron. Things are changing.
And Toronto is average. It's not Boston or NYC as a sports town.
As Toronto gets more cosmopolitan and global in nature, its sports culture will reflect that. I also agree that Toronto is an average sports market. But I don't think that there are many Canadian cities that can gloat about being better than Toronto. Relative to many European countries and the US, Canada itself is an average or below-average sports nation. Within Canada, Toronto is fine. Not some shining jewel, but it's OK.
But still, Southern Ontario and/or the GTA could easily support a second NHL team, and it would flourish. Whether or not sign-ups are keeping up with natural birth rates or population growth rates, youth hockey is still doing great in the GTA. The GTHL is still the best development league in the world. The GTA still produces more players than any other metro. It's not a Coyotes type situation.
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