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A Half-Full Bell Centre For Team Canada Game Last Night

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Monday's crowd of 10,215 was shockingly disappointing, even to some of the Canadian players.

Keep in mind that the cavernous Bell Centre holds more than twice that many people.

“We were a bit surprised,” Strome said. “We thought it would be pretty much full like it was in Toronto for our games. But it seemed to fill in as the game went on. And they were loud. I mean, this is the best building in the NHL.

It will be interesting to see how many fans show up for the Canada-Sweden semifinal on Wednesday, but we do know this: There are much more worthy markets in this country more appreciative of the junior game than Montreal and Toronto.

Lower the prices; have at least one of the locations in a two-market setup have a smaller rink; and, most importantly, put it in communities that really care about the event.

more on Team Canada who will face Team Sweden tomorrow in a WJC semi-final game.

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