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The Hockey Tradition In Peterborough

from Tal Pinchevsky of NHL.com,

They call it the Peterborough Mafia.

It's not a phrase you'd expect in reference to a central Ontario city with a population of fewer than 80,000 people. But in the context of hockey, the Peterborough Mafia is very real. In fact, it's a big reason the city and its team, the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League, will be the focal point of Saturday's Hockey Day in Canada celebration, which will be broadcast by CBC across Canada as well as by the NHL Network and NHL Gamecenter in the United States.

"We are a real hockey community. The fans know their game. So no matter who you are, when you're on the ice you can't fool the fans," said Petes president Jim Devlin, who attended the team's first game as a teenager in 1956. "Sometimes they can be hard on the players, but when they give hard work and show results, those guys are gods in this town."

In a rich history spanning more than 50 years, a lot of those players have gone on to conquer the hockey world outside Peterborough. Established as a farm team for the Montreal Canadiens, the longest continuously operating junior hockey team in Canada has graduated more than 150 players to the NHL, more than any junior team.

That includes the names Redmond, Gainey, Yzerman, Pronger and Staal. Wayne Gretzky played three games for the Petes as a 15-year-old. Even less-prominent Peterborough alums have gone on to enjoy lengthy NHL careers.

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Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Hockey Day in Canada is a great tribute to the Greatest Game Ever. Make one wonder why the NHL will not put more ailing franchises in a Country where the sport is almost guaranteed to succeed.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/10/13 at 10:30 AM ET

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Make one wonder why the NHL will not put more ailing franchises in a Country where the sport is almost guaranteed to succeed.

It is nice you hold such fond views of Canadian hockey, how about supporting the development of the game in the US?

Posted by timbits on 02/10/13 at 03:10 PM ET

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