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07-28-2013, 01:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Joey Banana View Post
I guess many Russians look at german hockey and see this:

1) a league that gets solid attendance for a european hockey league
2) the 2010 World Cup
3) a national team that can hold its own every year at the WC
4) big population, big cities, big arenas
5) a few successful nhl players

They see potential and they're right, there is A LOT of raw potential. But there are many, many reasons why german hockey hasn't evolved from a niche sport and has actually gotten less popular since the 80s/early 90s.

I hate to be a debby downer at your european hockey party but i don't see the benefit for either side and there are other things that actually need to be addressed in german hockey such as youth development or tv coverage.
Well, current expansions plans by the KHL mean that there would be only 1 German KHL team - either Munich or a complete newcomer like Leipzig or Dresden.

I am pretty sure there is enough hockey interest in this country for DEL + 1 KHL team.

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