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02-28-2004, 08:43 PM
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Canada's best hockey cities:

1. Montreal - decades of glory and loyalty earn them the top spot. Canada's Crown Jewel.
2. Toronto - proved that they not only sell out winners, but losers as well. Awesome hockey city.
3. Edmonton - A pro sports team way the heck up here? Is the Heartland of Hockey *so there * We have the lowest percentage of coporate tickets so that means real hockey fans help us sell out Rexall 99% of the time.
4. Calgary - Loyal, deserving fans who put up with 7 stinking years now that the post-season is within reach
5. Vancouver - shows amazing support when there's a winner on the ice, so much so that they increased payroll by a substancial amount.
6. Ottawa - Haven't heard much about the support there, heard they never sold out some playoff games last year?

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Edmonton and Calgary ahead of Vancouver ?

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1. Montreal - decades of glory and loyalty earn them the top spot. Canada's Crown Jewel.
2. Toronto - proved that they not only sell out winners, but losers as well. Awesome hockey city.
3. Edmonton - A pro sports team way the heck up here? Is the Heartland of Hockey *so there * We have the lowest percentage of coporate tickets so that means real hockey fans help us sell out Rexall 99% of the time.
4. Calgary - Loyal, deserving fans who put up with 7 stinking years now that the post-season is within reach
5. Vancouver - shows amazing support when there's a winner on the ice, so much so that they increased payroll by a substancial amount.
6. Ottawa - Haven't heard much about the support there, heard they never sold out some playoff games last year?
Untrue. It was the first game only I believe. And sens do garner a lot support despite popular belief, now especially with Melnyk on board.

Ottawa is definitely ranked higher.

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1. Montreal - decades of glory and loyalty earn them the top spot. Canada's Crown Jewel.
2. Toronto - proved that they not only sell out winners, but losers as well. Awesome hockey city.
3. Edmonton - A pro sports team way the heck up here? Is the Heartland of Hockey *so there * We have the lowest percentage of coporate tickets so that means real hockey fans help us sell out Rexall 99% of the time.
4. Calgary - Loyal, deserving fans who put up with 7 stinking years now that the post-season is within reach
5. Vancouver - shows amazing support when there's a winner on the ice, so much so that they increased payroll by a substancial amount.
6. Ottawa - Haven't heard much about the support there, heard they never sold out some playoff games last year?
of all 6 team's descriptions:
-edmonton is the only team that is worthy of 2 lines of discussion
-edmonton is the only team that had a smiley in its description
-edmonton is the only team with a bolded word

where is the poster from? edmonton or something? i bet his favourite player is an edmonton oiler

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of all 6 team's descriptions:
-edmonton is the only team that is worthy of 2 lines of discussion
-edmonton is the only team that had a smiley in its description
-edmonton is the only team with a bolded word

where is the poster from? edmonton or something? i bet his favourite player is an edmonton oiler

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And yet Edmonton's only third. How shocking.

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Let's not forget the draws that the 67's, Olympiques and Senators all draw. Ottawa is definetly a hockey city and not simply an NHL city. To put Ottawa 6th is a definite joke.I'm not saying that the other cities arent deserving but simply that Ottawa is a HOCKEY city.

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Montreal WAS the best hockey town, NOW Toronto is.

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Ottawa had its problems in previous years but it is now doing very, very well with all the rest of their games sold out. I have no doubt in my mind every playoff game will sell out this year as well.

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Winnipeg was a great hockey city. Still is IMO.

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Minnesota wins hands down.







































---> i know there in the US but its so ****in cold there it feels like winnepeg.

Great hockey city!

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Montreal WAS the best hockey town, NOW Toronto is.
Montreal is still the best hockey city.
2-Toronto
3-Vancouver
4-Ottawa
5-Calgay
6-Edmonton

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You all should have been here for the World Juniors in Halifax

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Edmonton and Calgary ahead of Vancouver ?
Yeah, I mean, Edmonton has just pumped out players like Jarome Iginla, Mike Comrie, Derek Morris, Mark Messier, Richard Matvichuck, Darryl Sydor, Jay Bouwmeester (shall I go on), has some of the loudest fans in the league, always draws well, one of the best minor hockey programs in the world....

Calgary got 17,000 fans even when the Flames were WAY out of the playoffs, gets 10,000 for the Hitmen (WHL high), got 10,000 for the Mac's AAA Midget tournament, the most prestigious Midget tournament in the world, home of the NWHL champions, Air Canada Cup Champions etc.

but how can we compare to Vancouver....

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Yeah, I mean, Edmonton has just pumped out players like Jarome Iginla, Mike Comrie, Derek Morris, Mark Messier, Richard Matvichuck, Darryl Sydor, Jay Bouwmeester (shall I go on), has some of the loudest fans in the league, always draws well, one of the best minor hockey programs in the world....

Calgary got 17,000 fans even when the Flames were WAY out of the playoffs, gets 10,000 for the Hitmen (WHL high), got 10,000 for the Mac's AAA Midget tournament, the most prestigious Midget tournament in the world, home of the NWHL champions, Air Canada Cup Champions etc.

but how can we compare to Vancouver....
BC'produced

Steve Yzerman
Joe Sakic
Paul Kariya
Scott Neidermayer
Eric Brewer
Barret Jackman
Brendan Morrison etc....

well, they aren't as good as your matvichuks or your comrie's but they are still up there....

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From what I see I'd say

1) Montreal
2) Toronto
3) Vancouver
4) Edmonton
5) Ottawa
6) Calgary

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BC'produced

Steve Yzerman
Joe Sakic
Paul Kariya
Scott Neidermayer
Eric Brewer
Barret Jackman
Brendan Morrison etc....

well, they aren't as good as your matvichuks or your comrie's but they are still up there....
The players Hitman listed are all from the Edmonton area. It's unfair to compare a province's production to a city's.

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Ryan Smyth says Van has the loudest fans...

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not true

I wouldn't presume to rank the cities in order, but it should be pointed out that Ottawa did sell out throughout the playoffs last year, and is sold out for the rest of this season.Some nights there are 18,500 at the Corel Centre, 10,000 downtown for the 67's, and 5,000 over at the Bob for the Olympiques -- 33,500 people all attending major hockey events at the same time in the same small city. For all the crap you hear about the Sens' attendance, the fact is the AVERAGE crowd at the Corel Centre beats the all-time records for the smaller buildings in Calgary and Edmonton. Hell, we all love the game. I don't know who loves it more, and I don't really care. I'd love to see all 6 Canadian teams in the playoffs, so Go Oil Go.

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The players Hitman listed are all from the Edmonton area. It's unfair to compare a province's production to a city's.
From Vancouver:
Sakic
Kariya
Morrison
Ronning
Mccarty
Neely
Simpson

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From Vancouver:
Sakic
Kariya
Morrison
Ronning
Mccarty
Neely
Simpson
There you go. It shows that Vancouver and Edmonton have roughly the same quality of NHL production. It should be noted however than Vancouver has twice the population base.

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There is no possible way to actually operationalize the "best hockey city" and thus this is just a popularity contest.. I'd argue that Edmonton is right up there amongst the best hockey cities in the world but it just sounds like homerism coming from an Oilers fans' mouth. I believe all 6 Canadian cities in the NHL are great hockey towns and hopefully remain that way for a number of seasons to come..

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Yeah, I mean, Edmonton has just pumped out players like Jarome Iginla, Mike Comrie, Derek Morris, Mark Messier, Richard Matvichuck, Darryl Sydor, Jay Bouwmeester (shall I go on), has some of the loudest fans in the league, always draws well, one of the best minor hockey programs in the world....

Calgary got 17,000 fans even when the Flames were WAY out of the playoffs, gets 10,000 for the Hitmen (WHL high), got 10,000 for the Mac's AAA Midget tournament, the most prestigious Midget tournament in the world, home of the NWHL champions, Air Canada Cup Champions etc.

but how can we compare to Vancouver....

Ya... Flames have missed the playoffs for the last seven years (teetering on eight) but the faithful have still pretty much filled the dome during that time. I seem to remember when the Oilers missed for four straight years they were lucky to see 9000 in the stands on most nights. Most Oilers fans (not all) are very fair-weather.

How anyone can put Edmonton ahead of Calgary as a better hockey city is just plain ridiculous.

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#1 Montreal
#2 Toronto
#3 Edmonton
#4 Vancouver
#5 Halifax

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From what I see I'd say

1) Montreal
2) Toronto
3) Vancouver
4) Edmonton
5) Ottawa
6) Calgary
I like that order as well

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