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NHL Morning Papers: Public criticism of Hockeytown

Earlier this week I wrote my preamble on the myth of Detroit being “Hockeytown USA” and interestingly enough, Drew Sharp took the opportunity to call out Red Wings fans for their lack of passion in this morning’s Detroit Free Press. Red Wings’ star defenseman, Nicklas Lidstrom wasn’t impressed at all, calling the lack of fans at Wednesday’s home opener, “more than a little disappointing.” There are lots of great hockey towns in the U.S., and Detroit is still one of them, but the title of Hockeytown USA just can’t go to a team that has trouble selling out home openers and playoff games. I bet fans in Colorado, New York and San Jose have just as good, if not a better claim to that title.

Update: Apparently Colorado couldn’t sell out its home opener either. WOW. Can Gary Bettman please stop calling the game as healthy as it has even been?

In any event, it was great to have regular season hockey back last night, and the action didn’t disappoint with three games going into overtime. Looks like we have a great season of hockey ahead of us.

On to the morning papers:

For Illegal Curve, I’m Richard Pollock.

14th anniversary of the Illegal Curve Hockey Show:

Topics: All Star Skills Competition Recap, Which Jets player needs to step their game up the most over last 30 games, Discussing different players could be on the Jets radar.

Guest: @mikemcintyrewpg

Thanks very much for joining us on our 14th anniversary edition of the Illegal Curve Hockey Show.

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You can't spell IC Anniversary Party without Mike McIntyre (note: this has not been fact checked).

Nevertheless, our next guest on The IC Hockey Show is @mikemcintyrewpg of @WinnipegNews, joining to discuss the #NHLJets and more!


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