Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/27/10 at 08:48 PM ET
from Lucas Aykroyd at IIHF.com,
To lose to Russia in Vancouver would have been very painful, but not incomprehensible.
However, unfairly or not, the Americans are viewed as cocky interlopers. To have them win would be unbearable. Why? The reasons are multifold.
The average Canadian fan feels that Americans don’t really understand hockey. If they did, why, for instance, would FOX TV have experimented with the infamous FoxTrax “glowing puck” between 1996 and 1998 in order to help U.S. viewers more easily spot the little black disc?
It goes further. Many Canadians believe that Americans don’t really appreciate the sport that Canada invented. If they did, why are so many NHL markets in the southern United States struggling to keep their attendance up? This, at a time when Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary regularly sell out home games, while hockey-mad cities like Winnipeg, Quebec City, and Hamilton hunger for NHL franchises. Not to mention the unprecedented popularity that IIHF tournaments – World Juniors, World Championships, and Olympics – are enjoying in the “True North strong and free.”
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