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National Hockey League Going To The UK?  
User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2156 times:

The NHL can't even sell itself in the US.....and here they're going to drop in a few regular season games in the UK:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2762817

Don't get me wrong.....I love the NHL, but a league that can't get itself a decent US TV package, and is now trying to introduce itself worldwide (and yes, I know about Tokyo) has got some seriously missplaced priorities.

Tom at MSY


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User currently offlineFly_yhm From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 1681 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2153 times:

I have 2 words for you
Gary Bettman.



Where will you spend eternity? He,s more real then you think!!!!!
User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2150 times:

Quoting Fly_yhm (Reply 1):
Gary Bettman.

 checkmark  David Stein's evil plan is working out rather well. That f*ckstick...  irked 


User currently offlineFlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1388 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2149 times:
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That's great news for me.

Yay.

kev.



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User currently offlineJfk69 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1420 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2142 times:

OUt of all the teams in major Markets....Why the Kings?

User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2137 times:

Why the UK?

It's not like there's a great interest in the sport dying to find some expression. Same with the American football teams coming over here.

I can understand it the other way around - the US is a vast potential market for football (soccer) teams to tap into, but not this way.



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2133 times:

Is that the 02 Arena that everyone over here refers to as the Dome ?


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User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3184 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2126 times:

Why the UK? Why not countries where NHL players come from like Sweden, Russia, Czech Rep etc? The only NHL players from that region that I can think of are Owen Nolan (from Ireland) and Steve Thomas (retired).

User currently offlineOli80 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2108 times:

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 7):
Why not countries where NHL players come from like Sweden, Russia, Czech Rep etc

I would have thought that these were better choices as well. But hey, I'm not complaining. It's been a long time since I last saw an NHL game.


User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2094 times:

Quoting Jfk69 (Reply 4):
OUt of all the teams in major Markets....Why the Kings?

Their owner, Phillip Anschutz, also owns the arena in the UK where they would play the games...

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlineSandroZRH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 2086 times:

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 7):
Why the UK? Why not countries where NHL players come from like Sweden, Russia, Czech Rep etc? The only NHL players from that region that I can think of are Owen Nolan (from Ireland) and Steve Thomas (retired).

Exactly what i thought, even Switzerland would be a better choice than the UK.


User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 2081 times:

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 10):
Exactly what i thought, even Switzerland would be a better choice than the UK.

Or even Germany. In Germany there is quite an interest in Hockey as well (at least it's much bigger than with American Football).


User currently offlineFlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1388 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 2077 times:
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To those of you saying we don't have much of a Hockey following in the UK,
we have one main "premier" league of Hockey and several smaller leagues.
Teams are dotted about the country, and there's actually a surprising niche market here, with my local teams arena being filled up to capacity often.
So to those of you saying there isn't much of a Hockey fanbase here, I think you'd find its bigger than American Football.
Mind you, I will comment that out of all the visitors to my Hockey fansite (http://www.powerplaygoal.com) its really neck and neck USA and Canada for visitors.
I'll leave you with a photo that I took from a game here recently.


Kev.



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User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 2074 times:

Quoting FlyKev (Reply 12):

Not too shabby of a building, but that rink is dark    . Man, how do they see the bloody puck?

EDIT- BTW, so you're the guy behind the site, eh? Not too shabby. Well done.  bigthumbsup 

[Edited 2007-02-12 21:22:10]

User currently offlineFlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1388 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2053 times:
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Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 13):
Man, how do they see the bloody puck?

Ah well, its not that dark, I took that on my camera phone so its not the best quality.

Thanks for the site comment btw, means a lot.

Kev.



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User currently offlineWildwing64 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2006, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2033 times:

Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 13):
BTW, so you're the guy behind the site, eh? Not too shabby. Well done.

I happen to be a member of the PowerPlayGoal.com team as well. If you're the type who obsesses over team logos, you'll like my blog 'Behind the Logo'.

Anyway, onto the topic of this thread. It's great news that the NHL will be getting some real recognition over here at last. If my Ducks can accompany the Kings on their trip to the Dome I'll be there straightaway! Big grin



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User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2031 times:

Really now? In that case, how about you two show some more love to the Wings? Big grin

User currently offlineWildwing64 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2006, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1990 times:

Well, my next Behind the Logo blog will be about the Red Wings. Also if you have a high quality photo of their arena from the outside, I can make a desktop wallpaper as part of a series I have done.  Smile


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User currently offlineAAce24 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 849 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1988 times:

Can we just give the whole League to the UK?

 Wink


User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1986 times:

Quoting AAce24 (Reply 18):
Can we just give the whole League to the UK?

Hell no! What we can do is take some of the dying teams out of the US and add them to areas in Canada which would die for a team!


User currently offlineAAce24 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 849 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1984 times:

Quoting NeilYYZ (Reply 19):
Hell no! What we can do is take some of the dying teams out of the US and add them to areas in Canada which would die for a team!

I won't argue with that....


User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5426 posts, RR: 52
Reply 21, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1976 times:

Quoting NeilYYZ (Reply 19):
What we can do is take some of the dying teams out of the US and add them to areas in Canada which would die for a team!

Absolutely - it's high time these teams which aren't drawing well at all are moved. So...where should we move the Blackhawks and the Blues?



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User currently offlineFlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1388 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1975 times:
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Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 16):
Really now? In that case, how about you two show some more love to the Wings?



Quoting AAce24 (Reply 20):
Quoting NeilYYZ (Reply 19):
Hell no! What we can do is take some of the dying teams out of the US and add them to areas in Canada which would die for a team!

I won't argue with that....

That's not going to happen soon I feel.

Though I would like to see the Winnipeg Jets return. Perhaps Airliners.net should have a little look around for money and we could buy them. Its aviation themed isnt it... well sort of.

Kev.



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User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1967 times:

Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 21):

Absolutely - it's high time these teams which aren't drawing well at all are moved. So...where should we move the Blackhawks and the Blues?

I'm against moving the Blackhawks just because they were an original six team.

St. Louis could go to Winnipeg.
Hamilton or even Toronto could easily sustain another team.
Quebec City could handle one again I bet.
Halifax maybe?
London, Ontario, the London Knights are huge there, I'm sure NHL would follow suit.


User currently offlineAAce24 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 849 posts, RR: 11
Reply 24, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1955 times:

Or how about we move all the teams north of the border?

25 NeilYYZ : Keep Dallas, Tampa, LA and Phoenix. I visit those places and normally catch a game. You would also have to leave NYR, Detroit, Chicago and Boston. Ot
26 Post contains images Garnetpalmetto : Ahem, might I strongly suggest you also keep teams in Raleigh and Pittsburgh
27 NeilYYZ : I would love it if they all succeeded and all did well. But, if they need to move, forget the likes of Oklahoma or Las Vegas, there's plenty of marke
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