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Success In Calgary

from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

Wearing a white toque, layers of Habs clothing and covered in a heavy blanket while sitting in the last row of the west stands of McMahon Stadium, the man’s teeth stopped chattering long enough to explain the rationale for enduring such discomfort.

“Anything to watch P.K.”

That’s as in Pernell Karl Subban of the Montreal Canadiens, and on this day, they were words that spoke volumes about the passion of hockey fans as the NHL continued to cash in on this lucrative gimmick of holding mid-winter matches in baseball and football stadiums, hoovering down great mounds of gate receipts each and every time.

Just as had previously been the case in Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Boston, Chicago and Edmonton, hockey customers in Calgary gratefully lapped this stuff up despite the fact a $130 ticket bought a seat 50 yards beyond the nearest crease from which you might see the helmets of a few players, something along the lines of watching a swim meet while underwater.

The NHL being the NHL, more is always considered to be better (think expansion), so it appears the Bettman administration is going to sell this outdoor idea and sell it some more until some city, some day, turns up its nose.


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Evilpens's avatar

hmmmm I thought Cox said these Outdoor Games were sideshows & only about money, Or is that only in America

Posted by Evilpens on 02/21/11 at 01:39 PM ET

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