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Friday, May 04, 2007

nhl history map

I have to admit, i started this after being frustrated reading more posts from stuck-up Canadians claiming that Nashville doesn't deserve a team and hockey belongs in Canada. Not sure what my point was going to be. Maybe that since 1926, the NHL has had more teams in the US than Canada or something. I don't know.
Anyway, i'm not going to bother to turn this in to a rant defending hockey in the southern US.

I think the this video shows that the NHL isn't a league for Canadians or for any 'one' (except maybe the northeast US, but most sports are that way, because that's where the population centers are (and have been).

At some point later i am planning on doing one for other sports too, just for fun. Then probably layer them over each other so it will be easier to see that the NHL lost its chance during the infamous "Original Six" era when other sports were growing and they decided to be stagnant.

2 comments:

Christy said...

It's fun to watch the yellow "Stanley Cup" dot move according to Gretsky's career.

PPP said...

It's not so much a case of being stuck up but more of being fed up that teams in the southern united states can't draw decent crowds with Stanley Cup contending teams while Canada can sell out an u-20 tournament anywhere in the country (for all games not just Canada's).

Add to it the constant barrage of negative publicity from ignorant media and fans of other sports and you can hardly blame Canadian fans for wanting to nationalize our game.

Personally, I have no problem with any of the teams in the United States but don't think that entire CBAs should be devoted to saving teams that are not financially viable (any more than I am on board with the small market Canadian teams being bailed out in the 90s).

The video/map is awesome by the way.