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  • #61
    Originally posted by DChess View Post
    some dude got his throat slit tonight. shits crazy
    yeah, Richard Zednik. My dad was at that game toninte in Buffalo, and called me right after it happened. He said he hasnt seen so much blood pour out that fast.

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    • #62
      Originally posted by iowatreat54 View Post
      I think he means you can't just play it anywhere...you need ice, sticks, skates, puck or just sticks, skates, and a ball. or even just sticks and a ball, but hockey without skates is boring...plus, the fact that not many people play it means you can't really just play whenever you want, as far as the average american kid goes...I agree that it is about the same level of interest as soccer, mainly because if you do not play it, majority of people would not understand it/be interested in it
      I agree with TimDris on this one. Where I live, there are hockey rinks everywhere. And for the most part, they are almost always unavailable due to over booking. Where I am staying right nowin Buffalo, there were 3 outdoor rinks that were made in the park right bhind my house. Things like that make it avalable anytime.

      But I guess it does depend on where you live. I mean someone from Texas wont have all the hocey rinks that we do in Toronto.

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      • #63
        I think its all about exposure. Hockey can exist anywhere in the country (either on the ice, in the streets, or organized roller hockey). It all comes down to whether or not people are exposed to it. There are plenty of people in Florida, California, Arizona, etc. who play ice or roller hockey. People just are not exposed to it like they are with baseball, football, and basketball. That's why it is not popular.
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        • #64
          Originally posted by djp4516 View Post
          Simple question...

          I think the NHL is more exciting to watch in the NBA... especially if it's a close game.
          That pretty much says it all...

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          • #65
            Originally posted by TimDris View Post
            I think its all about exposure. Hockey can exist anywhere in the country (either on the ice, in the streets, or organized roller hockey). It all comes down to whether or not people are exposed to it. There are plenty of people in Florida, California, Arizona, etc. who play ice or roller hockey. People just are not exposed to it like they are with baseball, football, and basketball. That's why it is not popular.
            Exactly. In Toronto, you are basically born to play hockey. I played for a couple years before I quit for football. Its just something that you are bound to do. Everyone is given hockey sticks, nets or goalie equipment for bdays or christmas, and everyone plays. Its just the way of life in some areas.

            It does depend. You are right though, there are hockey fans everywhere, and it does come down to exposure. I guess the same could be said about football in Canada. Its really all about intrest and who gets it going around you.

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            • #66
              I like hockey but, give me basketball any day if we're comparing the two. All my hockey player friends absolutely hate basketball for some reason, though.

              Of the big 4...hockey would be my least favorite but, i do like it.

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              • #67
                Originally posted by M.O.T.H. View Post
                I like hockey but, give me basketball any day if we're comparing the two. All my hockey player friends absolutely hate basketball for some reason, though.

                Of the big 4...hockey would be my least favorite but, i do like it.
                Yeah I've never really thought about that, but its the same with my friends. I am one of the few hockey fans that can watch a basketball game (only college though). I guess the sports are so opposite and the popularity the NBA gets makes hockey fans jealous. What always gets me going is that there will be obscure college bball games on (Del St vs Hampton) on instead of an NHL game.
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                • #68
                  If there was a NHL team in Milwaukee I could probably get into it. I watched the NCAA championship a couple years ago when Wisconsin won and it was entertaining. They started airing Minnesota Wild games on FSN Wisconsin last year, but that doesn't do it for me. I was hoping that the Predators owner would move them to Milwaukee or start a new team in Milwaukee since he lives here, but he bought the Wild instead.

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                  • #69
                    Originally posted by Rich Jr View Post


                    Well, this was one of my fav games ever.
                    My buddy had that...I sucked at it. My game was NHL 98...Messier, Graves, Leetch, Esa, Gretzky, Richter, and my personal fav, Lafontaine...oh yes. I was unstoppable...haha.

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                    • #70
                      You know what I really like about the NHL as opposed to the NBA, it isn't fixed. There is no way someone can convince me the NBA isn't fixed to some extent. It is without a doubt the easiest sport to fix. Also, hockey does tend to rule.

                      I am done arguing, until somebody says something stupid.

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                      • #71
                        I dont know if this has been said yet or not, but I really think the main reasons for its lack of nationwide popularity has to do with fact that it is the hardest sport to just go out and play anytime with friends. Especially if you live in a place where there aren't many rinks. I love hockey, but I also live in a town with 6 indoor rinks and around 8 outdoor rinks.

                        For example: for football all you would need is an open space and a ball. For hockey, you need a rink and all the equipment, so its much harder to get a game going.

                        Kids, especially in southern states, grow up playing sports like baseball, football, and basketball as it is much easier to just go out and play
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                        • #72
                          Originally posted by djp4516 View Post
                          Your history professor should get a new reason because there hasn't been a tie in an NHL game since the lockout ended.
                          well, he is a history prof and im sure hes speaking from a historical perspective. but maybe thats just me, chief.

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                          • #73
                            Ive been playing minor hockey since I was 5 or something and its somewhat just a natrual part of life where I live. Hockey Night in Canada is something everyone watches Saturday nights, aside from league play sometimes rent the ice with my buddies and have a great game. Play with my Dads team when they have a family game (all the players have their kids play, players and kids are split into 2 equal teams) then kick back in the dressing room with some beers. I cant stress how much of a history, tradition, etc is around me. My family has strong hockey ties and hockey is really just second nature where I am.

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                            • #74
                              Originally posted by Man_Of_Steel View Post
                              Ive been playing minor hockey since I was 5 or something and its somewhat just a natrual part of life where I live. Hockey Night in Canada is something everyone watches Saturday nights, aside from league play sometimes rent the ice with my buddies and have a great game. Play with my Dads team when they have a family game (all the players have their kids play, players and kids are split into 2 equal teams) then kick back in the dressing room with some beers. I cant stress how much of a history, tradition, etc is around me. My family has strong hockey ties and hockey is really just second nature where I am.
                              Ya I come from a big hockey town too, where everyone's kids play and if you not a hockey family your aren't a big deal in our town. Life pretty much revolves around our college hockey team at The University of North Dakota. It is really the big attraction around here for Friday and Saturday nights, we just get drunk, yell at the other team from the student section, and have a great time ;)

                              High school hockey up here and in Minnesota is similar to how high school football is down in states like Texas, as the whole town goes to the games and everything is all about hockey around here.

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                              • #75
                                I didn't read every post in the thread, but I think the main reason Hockey is not large in the states is because it really doesn't transfer well onto television. A live hockey game can be the most exciting live sporting event, but when on television it loses a lot to the casual sport fan.

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