Why There Is Still an East Coast Bias Among the NHL Powers-That-Be

August 10th, 2012 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »
It's hard to get away from it.

When there's a big story in the NHL or a great team having a big year, it gets played up a lot bigger when it's happening on the East Coast.

It's called East Coast bias (source: ESPN.com).

For the NHL's sake, the East Coast is translated to mean New York, Boston, Montreal, Washington, Philadelphia, Toronto and Pittsburgh.

Toronto, Pittsburgh and Montreal are not close to the coast line, but they are in the east. Stories from those cities are often seen as "East Coast" stories because Toronto and Montreal are the two biggest cities in Canada, and Pittsburgh is home to perhaps the most talented players in the league in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

In the NHL, if it doesn't happen in the Eastern Time Zone, it often seems as if it's too late to care about.

While the media concentration is greatest in big eastern cities, franchises like the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks have gotten their due when they have had great teams. The Wings have been one of the league's best franchises for the better part of two decades, while the Blackhawks took Chicago by storm when they won the 201 ...

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