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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.