NHL Absence in Houston?: Why the NHL Needs To Have Two Teams in Texas

December 31st, 2010 by Richard Caldwell Leave a reply »
Houston, Texas is the fourth largest city in the United States.  Only New York, Los Angeles and Chicago rank higher.  Houston is a diverse city.  It is also a successful sports city. 

Minute Maid Park is an outstanding baseball facility.  Reliant Stadium is one of the finest football stadiums in the NFL.  The Toyota Center is a top tier basketball facility and already hosts a hockey team, the AHL Houston Aeros.

Why hasn't the NHL put a team in Houston?  It makes no sense.  If the NHL is serious about selling its product, how do you ignore the fourth largest population in the United States and the largest city in the state of Texas (Larger than Dallas, which has the Stars)?

One could argue that Houston wouldn't support a hockey team.  It's football country. It's hot. It rarely even snows in Houston and when it does, it doesn't stick.

Believe it or not, there is evidence to the contrary.

A look at current NHL attendance figures reveals that the lowest average attendance currently resides in New York, with the Islanders.  The Islanders in 17 home games have averaged 9,966 fans ...

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