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Detroit is really the epicenter of hockey in the United States.  It is not Chicago, New York or Boston.

-John Shannon of Sportsnet on Sportsnet 590 a few minutes ago when discussing Winter Classic ratings.

Shannon went on to say if NBC really wanted huge numbers for the Winter Classic, it would be Chicago vs. Detroit.

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Shannon went on to say the NHL needs to go back to Michigan Stadium in 5 years. 

Called it the best location in North America for an event like this.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/03/14 at 06:13 PM ET

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Shannon went on to say if NBC really wanted huge numbers for the Winter Classic, it would be Chicago vs. Detroit.

Fuch that.  I want Montreal at the Big House playing the Wings.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/03/14 at 06:18 PM ET

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Having lived in NYC for some time, I can tell you that in many ways, it’s actually a very poor hockey city. During my ten very social years there, I met two very dedicated hockey fans (not counting Brendan Shanahan - that was pretty cool). Yes, two. This is not an exaggeration. Even when I would be at a sports bar watching a hockey game, the people there were casual fans at best. You can work into a NYC bar and talk to anyone about the MLB, NFL or even NBA, but virtually no one can hold a conversation regarding the NHL. It’s appalling. Honestly, even Denver is a far greater hockey city.

Posted by jaromirblogger on 01/03/14 at 06:24 PM ET

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Posted by jaromirblogger on 01/03/14 at 05:24 PM ET

From my experience you are dead on

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 01/03/14 at 08:33 PM ET

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I lived in Chicago for years and the fans there weren’t great. I know one die-hard that stuck around through the lean years and he’s reaping the rewards now. The rest showed up the same day the Hawks started winning and act like they know who Tony Amonte is.

Posted by awould on 01/04/14 at 11:16 AM ET

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Red Wings fans are like Braves fans. JLA is like a dead silent tomb most nights.

Posted by brians neck on 01/04/14 at 02:13 PM ET

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The only reason you’ll find the Joe being silent is because the Wings have been completely awful at home this season. On top of that, the brand of hockey they play is not the most exciting and it has been rare to find moments to cheer for.

When the playoffs start (assuming the Wings make it), the Joe is crazy and that place can get incredibly loud.

Posted by NickLidstrom from a Higher Ground on 01/04/14 at 02:28 PM ET

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What’s a “dead silent bomb”?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 01/04/14 at 02:34 PM ET

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Red Wings fans are like Braves fans. JLA is like a dead silent tomb most nights.

Yet they tend to fill every other arena in the league when they’re in town.

Posted by awould on 01/04/14 at 02:41 PM ET

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Yet they cant fill their own even though they announce a sellout every game.

Posted by brians neck on 01/04/14 at 04:58 PM ET

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It’s a sellout. It’s not the team’s fault if some ticket holders don’t attend

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 01/04/14 at 05:11 PM ET

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