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  •  that's what a lot of people are saying... (6+ / 0-)

    Winter Classic is lost for now; some NHL fans might be lost for good

    They're definitely playing with fire here.  If they lose the Detroit market, they're gonna lose a lot more.  Red Wing fans are as loyal as any in the NHL.  There's gonna be some teams go out of business because of this.  Their fan bases aren't as loyal.

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 08:01:45 AM PST

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    •  I'm done with the NHL (4+ / 0-)

      I have absolutely no interest in following a league where the owners are going to exploit their players every few years and are apparently quite content with canceling entire seasons.  There's just no point in investing any energy in following it now.  I loved it while I was in Canada for three years, but now that I'm back in Seattle, it's nearly impossible to regain interest knowing that there may not be a season.

      I'd love for the players to say, "this is not the professional league we are going to play for" and let the NHL wither on the vine.  No pays to see the owners play.  

      •  They forget... (4+ / 0-)
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        ...that the NHL is not the NFL. The NHL could disappear and most Americans wouldn't notice. AND, these players have other leagues to play in. The owners better get real or this league will be gone.

      •  Go see the Seattle T-Birds (2+ / 0-)
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        they WANT and NEED you as a fan.  

        Support your local hockey. :)

        From a Portland Winterhawk fanatic.

        "Love One Another" ~ George Harrison

        by Damnit Janet on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:33:44 AM PST

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        •  I've been meaning to check out a game! (4+ / 0-)

          It's on my list of things to do this winter.

        •  I may be traveling more to PDX - how are the (2+ / 0-)
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          Winterhawks?  We used to get tickets to the Columbus Blue Jackets when tickets were a perk at a relative's job, but I've never been to a game here in Phoenix (Does Phoenix even have a hockey team still?  What a stupid expansion city... AND last I heard the team is still way at the northwest corner of the metro region, rather than at the old America West Arena downtown where the Suns play, so we'd have to drive some 50-odd miles just to see a game).

          But anyhow.  I loooooooved Portland.  How are the Winterhawks games, any fun?  Can you get to the stadium on the MAX?

          "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

          by auron renouille on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 06:44:04 PM PST

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          •  Hello! Absolutely! (0+ / 0-)

            Yes the Max' Blue Line runs right to the Rose Garden and War Memorial.  We play in two arenas. Winterhawks are kicking ass and have been for two years.  This season they are on a twelve game winning streak.  You can get a ticket most any game night.  Can check out their website and buy tix from it as well.

            Or call: 503-236-HAWK (4295) and ask for Michael V.  (he's my ticket dude)

            They are all heart!  I love these guys.

            Yeah, Phoenix Coyotes the welfare team of the NHL.  Pathetic.  Worst expansion idea ever.  Then we got to see what a crook Gretsky turned out to be.

            But I do hope you get to catch a game or two in Portland.  I love this place.  

            "Love One Another" ~ George Harrison

            by Damnit Janet on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:07:21 AM PST

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    •  Exactly. I've been a Kings fan since 1987. (7+ / 0-)

      But the expansion teams from the last couple of rounds can lose their season ticket holders and viewers quickly. It's not like if you've been going to games for a couple years that its burned into your soul forever.  Or even that people are so worried that if they walk from their season seats that they wouldn't be able to get equally good seats several years from now.

      I too see this harming the younger clubs a lot.

      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 05:35:51 PM PST

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    •  that is a big loss. (3+ / 0-)

      red wings hosting maple leafs at the big house should have been by far the best winter classic ever, and would have generated a shitload of money.

      i worry that the decline of red wings (loss of lidstrom; aging of datsyuk, zetterberg, franzen; weak blueline) and the general economic weakness of the region could lead to a weak market for the red wings.  that could be a big blow to the NHL, b/c detroit is one of the most valuable teams, and one of the biggest drawing teams on the road.

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