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05-24-2010, 09:08 PM
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The Mecca Of Hockey

Who is it? I have read articles and some great players have mentioned Toronto as the Mecca of hockey and than there are players mentioning Montreal as Mecca of hockey. some fans of Detroit has suggested it's Detroit but thats a Hockey Town not Mecca of Hockey right? im confused and would like this cleared up. What factors do we look at when considering for something like this? can it be based on Stanley Cup wins or HHOF?

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Who is it? I have read articles and some great players have mentioned Toronto as the Mecca of hockey and than there are players mentioning Montreal as Mecca of hockey. some fans of Detroit has suggested it's Detroit but thats a Hockey Town not Mecca of Hockey right? im confused and would like this cleared up. What factors do we look at when considering for something like this? can it be based on Stanley Cup wins or HHOF?
The location where the Stanley Cup calls home.

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You would think the Mecca of Hockey would house a team that is both financially successful and successful in the competitive sense as well.

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Toronto is the last Canadian team I'd call a Mecca of hockey.

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It's pretty obvious that it's Toronto. Second most storied NHL team, largest fan base, largest talent producing region in hockey, home of the hall of fame, home to largest portion of the hockey media. Montreal is a somewhat close second.

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Toronto. Because we have a Muslim player.

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IMO Toronto.

And no, not just because of the leafs history or leafs fan. That's a big part, but things like the HHOF and being home to one of two NHL head offices put it over the edge. Also being the most populous city in hockey mad Canada helps.

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IMO Toronto.

And no, not just because of the leafs history or leafs fan. That's a big part, but things like the HHOF and being home to one of two NHL head offices put it over the edge. Also being the most populous city in hockey mad Canada helps.
Last time they played a playoff game was in 2004 it's been over 6 years so why are they the Mecca of Hockey?

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It's Toronto. They're the talk of the league and are the biggest ratings draw even when they are in 29th place.

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Last time they played a playoff game was in 2004 it's been over 6 years so why are they the Mecca of Hockey?
Why is a team's performance and position in the standings a determining factor in all of this? If anything, the ability of a city to maintain a large and loyal fanbase after years of hardship only makes its case to be the Mecca of hockey stronger.

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I don't really see why people care. These threads just end up with a bunch of Habs and Leafs fans stroking their fanbase's ego.

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Toronto. Because we have a Muslim player.
HAHAHAHAHA i think everyone has to agree with that logic

and i love how people say it cant be Toronto because they havent been in the playoffs for 5 years. well after 5 years if your Fans are still loyal then that explains alot

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Why is a team's performance and position in the standings a determining factor in all of this? If anything, the ability of a city to maintain a large and loyal fanbase after years of hardship only makes its case to be the Mecca of hockey stronger.
Yup. Toronto staying strong during the NHL's worst owner in history(Ballard) for 20 years proves how much of a mecca of hockey it is.

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Last time they played a playoff game was in 2004 it's been over 6 years so why are they the Mecca of Hockey?
Mecca of hockey doesn't mean model franchise, otherwise clearly Toronto isn't near the top. It means the area that is the centre of the hockey world basically.

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1. Unlike most NHL cities, where the NHL team is king (i.e. Toronto is a Leafs town, Montreal is a Habs town, Chicago is a Blackhawks town, etc.) the Twin Cities are about all levels of hockey, not just the NHL. Many people are fans of a HS or college team before the Wild (and previously the North Stars) and few, if any, places sell out a NHL arena for a bunch of 14-18 year olds (same goes with 18-22 year olds).

2. They have Saints (of the Fighting variety) on their side along with Baby Jesus being from there. Apparently that's a necessity for being called the mecca of hockey.

3. More American players come from the Twin Cities/state of Minnesota than any other US region.

4. There's a Hall of Fame in Eveleth. Hey, that's a qualification for Toronto, why can't it be one for Minnesota?

5. Pond hockey and outdoor rinks.

6. It's common belief that Uncle Gary hates Canada, so obviously that disqualifies all cities north of the border. Same goes with Moscow - sure the Soviets/Russians have a lot of Olympic and World Championship gold medals, but that doesn't matter to the NHL and Uncle Gary.

7. Home to the Mecca, aka Mariucci Arena.

8a. Brian Burke was raised in Edina, a suburb of the Twin Cities.
8b. So was Gordon Bombay, Adam Banks, Charlie Conway and 3/4 of the Goodwill Games gold medal team.

9. Winners of the 1980 Olympic hockey tournament.

10. They have helped to spread the game by donating a team to Dallas and not picking up another in favor of Phoenix.

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Whoever wins the Stanley Cup.

Therefore this year, it's likely Chicago.

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1.Sunrise Florida.
2. Glendale Arizona
3. Tampa, FL
4. Dallas, Tx
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27. Vancouver
28. Ottawa
29. Montreal
30. Toronto

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Who is it? I have read articles and some great players have mentioned Toronto as the Mecca of hockey and than there are players mentioning Montreal as Mecca of hockey. some fans of Detroit has suggested it's Detroit but thats a Hockey Town not Mecca of Hockey right? im confused and would like this cleared up. What factors do we look at when considering for something like this? can it be based on Stanley Cup wins or HHOF?
I think the key is how many passionate hockey fans are in the city - per capita.

Really, the measure is how important is hockey to the city so, no American city can possibly be that city - the NFL is a much bigger deal than the NHL in every city in the USA.

So, if you consider Canadian cities I think you need consider to which city is the game most important? I would suggest that cities like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver are too "international" - i.e. there are a lot of basketball fans and fans of other sports. As a pure hockey city where the game is ultimately important I think Edmonton fits that description.

Given a different set of criteria Toronto or Montreal would be the choice.


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Toronto is the last Canadian team I'd call a Mecca of hockey.
You clearly know very little about hockey in Canada or the city of Toronto itself.

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Last time they played a playoff game was in 2004 it's been over 6 years so why are they the Mecca of Hockey?
Why does the success of the Leafs dictate whether Toronto is the hockey capital of the world? That's not the only factor in determining factor. As mentioned, it's home of the HHOF, NHL head offices, largest city in the most crazed hockey country in the world and not to mention home to the largest fanbase in the league and the second most storied franchise. Thanks though.

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Who is it? I have read articles and some great players have mentioned Toronto as the Mecca of hockey and than there are players mentioning Montreal as Mecca of hockey. some fans of Detroit has suggested it's Detroit but thats a Hockey Town not Mecca of Hockey right? im confused and would like this cleared up. What factors do we look at when considering for something like this? can it be based on Stanley Cup wins or HHOF?
Most certainly not Detroit.

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Toronto is the Mecca.

but Montreal has the best fans.... unfortunately.

edit: but the real answer is Canada, of course.

double edit: and Detroit is far from the mecca, I get tickets given to me and its quiet as heck there.

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