Friday, October 05, 2007
This Week's Sign of Hockey's Demise
I always thought Hockeytown was merely a self-proclamation worth little merit, but taking it at face value, it's worth pointing out that the Red Wings opened the NHL season Wednesday. So you would assume they played to a sellout crowd loaded with octopus and good cheer, right? Not quite. There were more than 2,500 empty seats. Similarly, Colorado didn't sell out in its opener against the Stars, and Dallas likewise is expected to have empty seats in its home opener against the Bruins tonight. The former trifecta that dominated the Western Conference, and in part the NHL, in the late '90s, can't seem to attract 18,000 fans at the start of the season.