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Small Crowd Sizes For Western Teams During Preseason Games

from Terry Jones of the Edmonto Sun,

Despite having one of the most interesting training camps of their 41-year history going on here this year, the Edmonton Oilers drew maybe 8,500 actual fans in the stands, people in the pews and bums in the buckets to watch essentially the Manitoba Moose play the Bakersfield Condors at Rogers Place Monday.

Similar gatherings attended the split squad games between the Canucks and Flames in Calgary and Vancouver.

Which makes you wonder.

Is it time for Edmonton, Calgary, Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Jose, who moved their AHL farm teams to California, to move their training camps and pre-season games there, too? Stay away until for opening day like the major league baseball teams heading north from spring training. It’s been talked about for a while.

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