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Old 06-29-2013, 10:59 AM
Location: Ontario, Canada
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You never know. It was very close to happening.
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:40 AM
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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Originally Posted by pdw View Post
You never know. It was very close to happening.
With their current population in city-only, metropolitan and popularity, do you think Saskatoon or Nova Scotia could better support an NHL team?
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Old 08-10-2013, 06:42 PM
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The 538 blog did a lengthy analysis a few months ago of NHL fan support in various potential markets:

Why Can’t Canada Win the Stanley Cup?

Their conclusion is that the top markets for expansion - based on the estimated number of "hardcore" fans - would be Quebec City, the Kingston, Ontario region, with Halifax at #3. Then St. John-Moncton. The closest US market was Seattle, at #7.
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Old 08-11-2013, 09:43 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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It all depends on an arena. I understand Quebec City is building an arena of NHL standards, and expects to have a franchise. Any decent sized city in Canada, if they had a suitable venue, would support NHL. lIt's just that nobody is going to cough up the money to build an NHL arena in Halifax or Hamilton or Regina. It's too dicey, NHL franchises have already been in Winnipeg and Quebec and pulled out to go elsewhere with a better, newer arena.

It's not about sports, it is about money. Build the arena, and they will come. You have to have the potential gate right in the nearby metro area. Nobody is going to drive in winter from Moncton or Sydney or even New Glasgow to Halifax for a hockey game.

Conversely, Montreal can't even get a minor league baseball team in an independent league, because the interests there that want a team do not have a ballpark to play in. The Can-Am league currently has teams in Quebec City and Trois Rivieres, but Montreal has no suitable stadiium. Like in hockey, you need the venue first, before you can talk about a team.

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