You're a little misguided with the every Canadian's dream of a 100% Canadian NHL. That quote itself makes you sound silly. The fact is the NHL wants to make a ton of money. Detroit-Toronto gives them the best chance of that. We are talking about a stadium that fits 110,000 people. That is way over double this year's game and over 3 times the amount at Fenway. Add a massive Alumni game, and this thing will be the biggest ever. Now how can you sell out that game? By bringing thousands and thousands of Leafs fans, many that can't even get tickets in Toronto to watch their team play. No other team besides Montreal is going to do that for them. Add that it is a historic Original 6 matchup and it works.
I think in time the NHL will continue to get to more cities, but we are already hearing that the Capitals will be hosting one soon and the Rangers will have their turn once the Pinstripe Bowl is done. The game is still be played in the US like it always will. I'm hoping St Louis and Minny get their turn soon. And if anything, this game is showing that it isn't about NBC and ratings anymore, which is good for many different teams to have a chance.
Obviously I was exaggerating although it's an absolute fact that Canadians are very egocentric when it comes to hockey.. That's an absolute fact and was the point of what I said..
I guess if they really want to make bank for the next Winter Classic then I can be okay with this (since yes, it will take a lot to fill that stadium), but I don't want to see it become US team vs Canadian team more than once every 5+ seasons.. I want this event to be something to generate interest in hockey in the US.. Leafs fans won't (and couldn't possibly) care more about hockey because of this..
Real Leafs fans can't get in the building because only companies can afford the price of season tickets, save the uppers.. They've been priced out of their own building, which is why the lower level looks more like a business convention than a sporting event.. That's sad
Edited by Colin226, 19 January 2012 - 04:55 PM.