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03-28-2013, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by FrancoRussianAlaskan View Post
The Calgary Flames happened.
Calgary didn't destroy hockey in the QC; it was already on its way out.

The Flames actually brought back attendance a little bit during their first year. The last UHL Mallards season averaged 3100 per game. The QC Flames had over 3500 attending each game during their inaugural AHL season. However, it didn't catch on very well and quickly resumed a downward spiral in 2008.

All the subsequent attempts to rehab the Mallards once-glorious image in AA hockey have failed miserably. It doesn't help that the small remaining fanbase in QC is in deep denial about the problem.

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