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Patch’s Poll: Do You Care About Hockey?

The LA Kings took home its first Stanley Cup this week, and one of the star players on the team was a Connecticut native. But did anyone in Connecticut even watch the games?

The 2012 Stanley Cup championship hockey games ended this weekend after the LA Kings beat the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game 6.

This year’s playoffs also included a Connecticut native: Hamden resident Jonathan Quick, . Quick has been highlighted repeatedly as a star player in the Kings’ victory, and has been profiled in major news outlets such as The New York Times.

But, unsurprisingly, ratings weren’t skyrocketing in the playoff games or the final game, compared to some previous Stanley Cup playoffs. Roughly 2.9 million people watched Games 1 and 2, and 1.74 million viewers watched Game 3, according to SBNation.com

BuzzFeed.com even ran a little comparison article showing how 66 different television programs — most of them re-runs — got more viewers than the first two Stanley Cup games. Hockey, while a major pasttime in Canada, isn't as popular here as the NBA or NFL.

“It's no revelation that this is, at its core, a niche sport cared about primarily in the upper Midwest and Northeastern U.S., as well as Canada, which of course doesn't count in the ratings,” said Ryan Lambert, a reporter and columnist for Yahoo! Sports.

So, Connecticut residents, do you even care about hockey? Did you watch the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs? Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

Michele Thomas June 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM
I totally agree Fred. I am always amused that people dismiss hockey but are willing to waste hours watching the tedious "sport" of baseball. Each game amounts to little more than six hour of fat dudes scratching themselves. Not to mention the horrible selfish and unprofessional behavior of the players such as depicted by the Red Sox (beer and chicken) and their refusal to give any serious effort this season. Could we find any worse role models for our children? Hockey is a real sport played by real athletes. I challenge anyone to go to an NHL game and not get caught up in the excitement and energy it produces. A true sports fan can't deny the greatness of hockey.
Ellie Gillespie June 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Hockey is a great sport! All 3 of my children played and all the traveling provided excellent one on one time with the kids. I had the privilege to meet Mike Richter a Stanley Cup winning, Olympic gold winning goalie who was one of the most gracious, well mannered people I have ever met. A wonderful ambassador for the sport!
Scotty June 13, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I'm personally not a fan if hockey and never have been. But I don't dislike the sport totally. I think there is something exciting about seeing any sporting event live, even if you're not that much into the sport itself. I feel the same about soccer. I don't follow it, I don't play it, but if I had the opportunity to see a pro game, I would go.
Clare Dube June 13, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Even though I am a diehard Bruins fan, I watched every playoff game. I supported the LA Kings one, because they are not an eastern division team and two, I had to support local boy Jonathan Quick (besides, Marty Brodeur already has a couple of Stanley Cup rings). It was a great series. Hockey, handsdown, is the best sport!
Bob Occhialini June 13, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Hockey is much more than a niche sport. Not unlike lacrosse, hockey is a growing sport with many more youth, high school and colleges adopting programs for both young men and women. My own experience best exemplifies this opinion. I became a big fan when our son attended AOF and I followed numerous players through college and some into the Pro's. I also had the opportunity as the lead Trustee to start a new D-3 men's program at a New England based University. The University will also introduce a women's program this fall as this exciting sport continues to grow! Bob.

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