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Lack of Fedral support seems hard, especially to smaller cities like Winnipeg and Ottawa; on the other hand, the team owners attempts at blackmailing a city into new rinks and tax breaks is intolerable. And forget about buying a ticket in Toronto since they put in the ACC , it was hard enough when they still played in the Gardens; it's almost impossible now, corporate boxes and companies buying up bulk seating. You can't even buy scalper tickets! And if you do happen to locate one they're $400+. How many working stiffs can take their kids down to a game at those prices? And owners want tax payers to fund new arenas so they can raise prices? There may be a sucker born every minute, but they ain't all born in Canada.
We love hockey, it was played on ponds and rivers and in backyard rinks all over the country before the NHL existed and I've no doubt it will continue to be played all over the country regardless of what happens to the NHL in Canada. I'd like to see an NHL team in every Canadian city; but not if it takes money away from housing, hospitals and basic services and puts it in the pockets of foreign owners and players. Hell, not even if it puts the money in the pockets of Cdn owners and players!
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But ersin, it's not just a game; it's hockey and Toronto hasn't won the cup in 34 years. Just hope they don't try to kill each other on Saturday but no doubt it'll be war.
!!! Go Leafs Go !!!
Oops ... just realized you were talking about my previous three ... like I said, it's never been just a game; it's part of who we are .. and we'll forgive 'em nearly anything as long as they play with heart.
[This message has been edited by Jane Griscti (edited May 04, 2001).]