Why isn't Hockey big in Britain or France?
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02-25-2013, 05:35 AM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Expats are usually a poor population to draw on. They're often transient and don't really care. Sure, some guys are interested and will watch, but among my ball-hockey playing friends I think 80% would rather curl onto the couch and watch NHL GameCenter than go and watch a live hockey game, unless it was at least Extraliga quality. That other 20% are almost entirely long-term expats, people who have married and started a family here and are interested in the development of the sport because, hey, wouldn't it be great if my son could play here on his way to the NHL?
It's frustrating because as a Londoner I see people all the time in NHL jerseys - there's some Swedes in my neighborhood and we both stare slack-jawed at each other when we walk past each other going to Sainsburys - them in their Flyers/Canucks jerseys, me in my Habs sweater. So I know there are other people besides me who like hockey. But I bet Sven and Tom wouldn't be too interested in going to Brixton, except to skate.
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