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Note To Anaheim: There’s Hockey In Your Town

Sometimes things confuse me.  My head swims and I get scared and clammy.  Right now is one of those times.  I’m used to a situation where we have to convince our writers that hockey exists.  In LA? Exactly the opposite.  The media is trying to explain to the public that the Poultry aren’t some sort of urban legend.

The Ducks barely register as a blip on the SoCal sports radar, hidden as they are in the National Hockey League and marooned as the only major tenant in Anaheim’s arena.

Then there are the name changes. From Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to Anaheim Ducks, and the place-name changes. From the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim to The Pond to the Anaheim Arena and the Honda Center. It’s enough to confuse less-than-casual hockey fan, which is most of us.

I know. I know.  Hockey’s a niche sport.  The Duck fan base may be small, but they’re loyal.  But, c’mon.  3 out of 4 years in the Conference Finals and the media still has to beg the lefties for their interest in that team?  Did I say “lefties?”  Woops. 

Oh…and check out this quote from Mike Babcock today on Leaf’s Lunch.

On the holes the Ducks may see in the Wings defense, “They plan to run the crap out of our D, we plan to do the same.” 

I’m starting to feel an anti-Pronger post coming on.  It’s in its infant stages, but I think that’s what I’m sensing.


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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com