Re: NHL: Acquiring new fans almost too much of a challenge!
What real hockey fans need to do is take their hockey hateing fans to games and show them that it really is a great sport. I continuously take friends to games that think the sport is boring and stupid, and they come away amazed at the speed and entertainment value of the games. We had a group of 12 at the first playoff game between the Caps and Flyers this year and every single one of the guys I took was pumped to be at the game, and couldn't believe the atmosphere. Some of the guys took their kids, which got them hooked on the game as well. They all told me that they had never been to a louder more electric stadium in their lives, and I have to agree with them about that, for this years playoffs at least. But we need fans to sell the league along with the NHL, because they obviously aren't doing enough hockey is a great sport and it sells itself if people go to the games its just a matter of getting the people to the stadium one time and they will be hooked.
If you are near Montgomery County or Frederick County Maryland, or Jefferson County Wv. please send a message. I am trying to get back into playing inline hockey and I need to find some pickup games to get back into the swing of things.