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Credit to the NHL - they are doing a few good things this year

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11-20-2003, 09:30 PM
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Credit to the NHL - they are doing a few good things this year

I have to give credit where it is due - the NHL has embarked on some clever marketing stragies this year. Namely two.

The Heritage Classic is really drumming up tons of interest in hockey in Canada in general. It's a hot topic on the news right now, and almost every weather forecast in the country gives us the 'Hertige Classic Weather Update' on the news. Things are so exciting right now. It's possible the Alumni game is even more hotly anticipated than the actual game.

And 'Vintage Jersey' night, I dunno about other cities, but it was a massive deal in Vancouver. I was going downtown to pick up some groceries, and I saw *8* people wearing vintage jerseys and it was the talk of the town.. and I don't even live in Vancouver (I live in Parksville, Vancouver Island).

More things like these is what the NHL should be getting to every year. Hockey Day in Canada was a start, but things like this truely bring the games interest level up a notch. Especially to the 'average joe' fan.

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It's possible the Alumni game is even more hotly anticipated than the actual game.
IMO, this is a bad thing. If people are more interested in seeing a bunch of old guys skate around and not play with *as much* intensity (I think intensity will be there, more than in any other old timers game), than they are seeing the young guys in their prime.

That's unfortunate. The Oilers are one of the more exiting teams in the league and the Habs can be aswell (depending on how well Theo is playing and whether they feel like playing the trap or not), but people are more geared up for the old guys.

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I do have one problem with the Hertiage Hockey Classic. The NHL should have waited about another 2-3 weeks and stage it in early December.

Reason being is that the game will not be televised in the US, unless you have the Center Ice package.

A big time event to promote the sport and they don't think ahead enough to make sure it gets national coverage in the US.

EPSN has contracts with college football conferences to show games on Saturday nights, so ESPN could not show the game. The College Football regular season is over in about 2 weeks.

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JOhn Flyers Fan, I don't think the weather would be tolerable if they scheduled it that late unfortunately, winter starts in October here...*sigh* It's a great suggestion, but it would be way too cold.

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JOhn Flyers Fan, I don't think the weather would be tolerable if they scheduled it that late unfortunately, winter starts in October here...*sigh* It's a great suggestion, but it would be way too cold.
I'm not saying wait until February. Just another 2 or 3 weeks. Yes I know it gets cold, but it's not like you guys in Edmonton aren't used to it. :p

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