A Victory For Canadian Hockey Fans, Everywhere.
Today is a very big day in Canadian hockey and the promise of more to come is nothing short of amazing.
Winnipeg has back its NHL franchise, and with it Canada has back some of its influence over a sport Canadians, for the most part, keeps financially viable.
Since Bettmans Napoleonic march into un-traditional Southern US hockey markets, Canada has watched its tangible grasp on NHL hockey dwindle, its tickets prices increase, and its influence (outside of the un-fettered access to our money) dissipate.
Canada has become the muzzled majority, the beast of burden, if you will, pulling the NHL plow through the arid southern markets.
Add to this the near criminal transfer of Canadian dollars out of profitable Canadian franchises, and into un-profitable US markets, and you have the equivalent of insult to injury. First you took our teams, then you took our money, to disguise your folly, and bolster foreign economies. That’s right Canadian hockey fan, your dollar goes to support US cities, instead of your own.
Let’s be perfectly clear on this. Canada is the NHL. Remove Canadian support, and the NHL dies a quick death. Yet, despite this un-deniable fact, the US based majority on teams have wrested from its key fanbase any real influence over the game.
The return of NHL hockey, to Winnipeg, is a strategic shift in the current direction of NHL generated funds, and inevitably, influence.
We, as Canadian Hockey fans, remain well under served, and over-taxed, but the return of one, and hopefully, two franchises will, at least in part, help to re-balance the current financial over representation of faux US markets over our game.
This view is not hyperbole, or xenophobic chest thumping, it is cold hard fact.
We, as Canadian hockey fans, should all buy a newly minted Winnipeg sweater, because, in many ways, Winnepeg is our collective wedge severing the chains of Bettman led oppression.
There is simply no justifying money losing teams in ambivalent US markets, while hockey mad markets remain under-serviced. The business model had its chance, and has failed.
Now let’s move Buffalo to the GTA, Phoenix to Quebec City, Florida to the GVA and the Islanders to Halifax.
Then contract to 28 teams.