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02-23-2013, 09:28 PM
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For such a big hockey area, always been surprised by Boston's mediocre attendance and fandom for the Bruins up until the 2011 Cup.

Chicago I can see because of Dollar Bill Wirtz' insanely idiotic policies/not being televised, etc. The Hawks were always a big draw throughout their history though, especially the early 90s.
The Bruins attendance and fandom was outstanding until the mid 90's. A perfect storm of events drove the fans away...the team went down the standings after the Neely cheapshot/retirement, the Boston Garden closed and that sterile new building opened, Fred Cusick retired, and JJ/Sinden got really really cheap leading to holdouts and free agents leaving. All of a sudden, those Bruins weren't the same Bruins of old. For many the final straw was the Ray Bourque trade. Add to that the Sox getting really good in the late 90's into the 2000's and the Pats finally getting recognized once Brady/Bellichik came around, and the Celtics were pretty good at the turn of the millennium with Walker/Pierce, and the Bruins are taking up the rear. Then you get the Lockout and the NHL becomes a total joke around here. But things changed in the 2007-2008 season, new coach, new GM, new team identity and all of a sudden the Bruins of old are back. Team started selling out the building again during the 2008-2009 season and I believe have sold out every game since then.

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