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
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
NASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3184 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2101 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).
SandroZRH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2061 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.
FlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1385 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2052 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.
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Wildwing64 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2006, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2008 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!
NeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1942 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.
London, Ontario, the London Knights are huge there, I'm sure NHL would follow suit.