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Seattle Hockey Fans, Time To Start Thinking About Canada

Cassie McClellan of SBNation Seattle with an article geared to those in Seattle who may not know much about the NHL.

She does a very good job and included this…

Canada has seven NHL teams: Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton, of course, but also the Winnipeg Jets, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Ottawa Senators, and the Montreal Canadiens. For an American sports fan who’s not necessarily into the NHL, while we’re all aware of Canada being north of the United States, but it may take some getting used to to more than one Canadian-based team being a part of the league. And if you’re an NFL fan only that’s casually interested in hockey, then mentally including Canada into your sphere of serious athletic interests may require a bit of doing….

You’ll see this a lot in the NHL. There’s a great deal of Canadian teams versus everyone else. Canada believes that they’re the originators of hockey, so Canadian-based teams have a lot of say in what goes on in the NHL. Even if at times they feel as if they don’t.

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so Canadian-based teams have a lot of say in what goes on in the NHL. Even if at times they feel as if they don’t.

Funny how a non-hockey writer picks up on one of the most obvious things about the NHL. Canada has a huge say in what happens in the NHL but feels like they have none. In the meantime the rest of the league scurries around to placate those demanding more.

Posted by timbits on 08/03/12 at 04:04 PM ET

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Well, to be fair, you don’t have to be a hockey fan to understand that little detail.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 08/03/12 at 04:54 PM ET

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It’s a major problem for the league.  The Canadians are obsessed with controlling the game.  Their biggest fear is losing control to the Americans.  That’s a fact.

Posted by 13 user names on 08/03/12 at 06:39 PM ET

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I wouldn’t rule Seattle out. Supposedly next NBA team that goes under and gets taken over by Stern,Seattle gets first crack of that team. Plus if they have a 20+ thousands multi-use arena built, NHL owners would go crazy over this.

Posted by FlyersFan on 08/04/12 at 03:31 AM ET

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Canada believes that they’re the originators of hockey…

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Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 08/04/12 at 11:54 AM ET

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ah finally a post from the Great White North.  Proving my point.  “It’s our game”  LOL

Posted by 13 user names on 08/04/12 at 12:47 PM ET

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Um, Canadians don’t “believe” we invented hockey. Canadians DID invent hockey. In Montréal. First game played under hockey rules. And Canadians aren’t terrified of losing control of the game to the Americans, the NHL’s already done that.

Posted by Jean-Paul Laberge on 08/04/12 at 03:38 PM ET

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And the English invented Soccer.  The Americans Baseball and NFL Football.  But unlike you they take it as a compliment when someone else masters their sports.  Not a threat.  Your whole country is neurotic.  By your logic I should posit that Joey Voto couldn’t be any good at baseball, or that Canadians shouldn’t have a team.  You have to lighten up a little bit.

Wouldn’t it be worse if there were NO NHL teams in the US?

Posted by 13 user names on 08/05/12 at 12:37 AM ET

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