How unappreciative can an NHL city be as far as its local team goes? The mayor’s office in Vancouver is a good example.
Below is a link to a case made by a Vancouver hockey writer that might convince city council in cities with NHL teams to start kissing their team’s rear end a little bit more. Maybe a lot more.
The column was written recently by long-time Vancouver Province hockey scribe Tony Gallagher, a guy who can both impress and infuriate, depending on how much of a Canucks’ homer he is at the time. Here he lays it on the line, and he does so after hearing that the city of Vancouver wants the Canucks to chip in for police costs after the Stanley Cup rioting this last spring.
From Gallagher, a look at how an NHL team benefits a city. This is a great read, and after the fourth paragraph or so, he begins to make a case that would make Perry Mason proud. Just click Tony Gallagher and see why cities should start sucking up just a little bit more to these teams.