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07-26-2013, 02:10 AM
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Which NHLers are the Face of Sports in Their City/Area?

Which Athlete is the Face of Boston Sports?

Seeing Patrice Bergeron currently leading Tom Brady in this poll, it got me thinking which NHLers are seen as the face of sports in their respective city/region/area. The Canadian cities will almost surely have an NHL "representative" but I'm wondering how many American cities you could make an argument for having an NHL figurehead, particularly in the bigger markets.

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07-26-2013, 02:13 AM
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In St. Louis it'd probably have to be Yadier Molina. Maybe Adam Wainwright.

A Blue wouldn't factor in the equation, especially since our best player (Alex Pietrangelo) is underrated and underappreciated in the local media. Oshie and Backes are up there but not nearly close to being the face of anything. If they won a Cup that'd change some, but still won't be over the Cardinals... and considering the Cards have 2 World Series wins in the past 7 years, that's not surprising in a historic baseball town.

To be honest I'm extremely surprised with that Boston poll. I have to believe a lot of that is a recency effect considering they were just in the Cup finals.

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None. I don't think hockey is a big enough part of any city in America to warrant the term 'face of the city'.

Perhaps Suter/Parise in Minnesota or Thornton in San Jose? San Jose doesn't have much to compete with sports wise, and Minnesota is a notable hockey state.


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07-26-2013, 02:33 AM
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Came here to post Bergeron.

Surprised he's beating Brady, but the revival of the Bruins was centered and is centered around Bergy, Chara as well. Bergy is more marketable and he's simply a God here. The kind of guy who can do no wrong. With the Celtics gone for a few years and the patriots future and present being in jeopardy, wouldn't be surprised if it stays.

Boston is a baseball town, but the Bruins are the only team with any real "guarentee" of success.

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07-26-2013, 02:38 AM
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We're the State of Hockey, but no Wild player will ever be the face of the Twin Cities as long as this guy is still around:


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I can't tell if you're joking or not. It's a viable answer a year ago.

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We're the State of Hockey, but no Wild player will ever be the face of the Twin Cities as long as this guy is still around:

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Mikko Koivu is currently pretty much the face of sports in Turku/Proper Finland. Used to be Saku. Other than that, it could be tennis player Jarkko Nieminen.

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New York as a whole is between Eli Manning and Derek Jeter, but I wouldn't say Lundqvist is far from being the face of Manhattan.

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Crosby has to be he face of Pittsburgh. Yes, the Steelers are the number 1 team there but Roethlisberger is not the best at his position and I don't believe any of the Pirates are on the same level as Crosby.

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The "Big 5" are the face of Edmonton easily lol

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Perhaps Suter/Parise in Minnesota or Thornton in San Jose? San Jose doesn't have much to compete with sports wise, and Minnesota is a notable hockey state.
Yep, both Thornton and Marleau.

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07-26-2013, 03:48 AM
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Crosby has to be he face of Pittsburgh. Yes, the Steelers are the number 1 team there but Roethlisberger is not the best at his position and I don't believe any of the Pirates are on the same level as Crosby.
No way in hell Crosby can compete with Big Ben, Polamalu etc.
Football in Pitts is WAY more important than hockey.

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No way in hell Crosby can compete with Big Ben, Polamalu etc.
Football in Pitts is WAY more important than hockey.

hockey has just as much presence as football in pittsburgh these days. football is no longer "way more important". if not for a georgia bathroom incident, ben would be the face without question. troy would always be top 3 but never #1. sid is the top dog in town right now. and prior to the sid/ben/troy/ward era, it was lemieux(with bettis #2).


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I can't tell if you're joking or not. It's a viable answer a year ago.
I don't think it's a joke. For many many years Alfie was the captain and face of his franchise (this in a town without any other major-leauge sports franchises), and I'm sure many people still associate him with the club and city. These things don't change over-night. Obviously he was at a completely different level, but the oilers/Edmonton for example took many years to move on from Gretzky's presence.

In Edmonton I'd venture to say Hall is the man, with Eberle a fairly close second, and RNH and Yakupov trailing behind. Like Ottawa, Edmonton doesn't have a whole lot of sporting-competition and although the CFL is hugely popular here, the eskimos have been poor for too long and don't really have any star-power.

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Steven Stamkos is pretty popular around the Tampa Bay area. Maybe him.

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Jamie and Jordie Benn are both the face of Victoria. You should see them drown in young women in the bars here. They need a pair of water wings every time they go out.

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In St. Louis, now that Pujols is gone the Cardinals don't really have a main "face". Maybe Molina or something, but I don't think T.J. Oshie is that far behind, although he definitely is behind.

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In Chicago it's Rose followed by Cutler with Toews and Kane not too far behind. It used to be Urlacher without question before he laughed himself out of the city.

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Steve Yzerman was.

Now I'd say the closest would be Zetterberg. But he's way behind Verlander, Cabrera, Stafford, and C. Johnson.

Oh well...

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