Saskatchewan Should Get First Dibs on NHL Team Before Winnipeg

February 26th, 2010 by Jason Friesen Leave a reply »
I have done some detailed thinking and some research on whether or not the NHL would fly in Saskatoon.

My conclusion: It would most likely thrive more than anything.

Let's get some things out of the way. Saskatchewan thinks big; along with that comes big league.

Just getting some points out to all that don't believe Saskatchewan could support an NHL team (including the many faithless Saskatchewanians who also think Sask. couldn't do it).

Saskatchewan has their junior league hockey teams such as the Regina Pats, Saskatoon Blades, Moose Jaw Warriors, Prince Albert Raiders...the Blades get less attendance than many other junior teams do, and Saskatoon is one of the bigger cities to host the WHL.

Yes, Saskatoon loves their Blades, and they love hockey. The Blades generate about $10 million a year. They sell their tickets on average of just over $15 while getting attendance of around 4,500 to 5,000 people per game. This isn't all that great considering what the outcome could be, especially with a successful team such as the Blades.

I want to get it out of people's heads that the Blades' attendance has absolutely nothin ...

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