Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/01/05 at 07:28 PM ET
It's a tale of two cities: Pittsburgh and Washington. Both are struggling hockey markets with indirect competition and economic circumstances that make the game a tough sell. And both have won the draft lottery in the last two years, gaining the No. 1 overall picks. Pittsburgh chose Sid "The Kid" Crosby this summer. Washington chose Alexander Ovechkin two summers ago. There the similarities end. In Pittsburgh, Crosby's impact was immediate. The second the Penguins got Crosby, the phone lines at their box office were jammed. The club nearly sold out its season in advance. In Washington, which has a diverse audience that stretches beyond political, socioeconomic and multicultural boundaries, hockey is an afterthought. So when the Caps got Ovechkin, it hardly registered a blip on Pennsylvania Avenue.
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