The HOMETOWN Discount
There is an interesting phenominon out there in the NHL that counters the notion that all NHLs are just money hungry jocks that just want to maximise their monetary potential. Some hockey players opt to take LESS money to play for their hometown team. So i got a little curious and wanted to see what the 6 Canadian teams would shape out to be like (excluding goalies) if everyone was to play for their hometown team. To be considered a hometown player one must have been born within an hour away from the city or within the province (ei all BC players are canucks).
Jason Arnott, Sean Avery, David Bolland, Brad Boyes, Nick Boyton, Brent Burns, Mike Cammalleri, Chris Campoli, David Clarkson, Andrew Cogliano, Jeff Cowan, Trevor Daley, Joe Dipenta, Kris Draper, Steve Eminger, Mike Fisher, Adam Foote, Matt Foy, Sam Gagner, Darren Haydar, Mike Johnson, Chris Kelly, Mike Knuble, Tom Kostopoulos, Manny Malhotra, Brad May, Jamal Mayers, Glen Metropolit, Rick Nash, Chris Neil, Kris Newbury, Mike Peca, Corey Perry, Paul Ranger, Gary Roberts, Brendan Shanahan, Jason Spezza, Matt Stajan, Cory Stillman, Raffi Torres, Stephen Weiss, Justin Williams, John Tavares, Steve Stamkos
Derek Armstrong, Adrian Aucoin, Dan Boyle, Daniel Briere(Gatineau across the river for all u protesting Habs fans), Rob Brindamour, Ben Eager, Kurtis Foster, Cory Murphy, Sean O’Donnell, Benoit Pouliot, Mike Richards, Luke Richardson, Randy Robitaille, Derek Roy, Mark Savard, Todd White, Stephan Yelle
Francois Beauchemin, Eric Belanger, Patrice Brisebois, Mathieu Dandenault, JP Dumont, Pascal Dupuis, Simon Gamache, Bruno Gervais, Ben Guite, JF Jacques, Ian Laperriere, George Laraque, Guillaume Latendresse, Vincent Lecavalier, Mathieu Lombardi, Yannick Perreault, Eric Perrin, David Perron, Jason Pomminville, Mike Ribeiro, Stephane Robidas, Martin St.Louis, Anthony Stewart, Maxime Talbot, Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Blair Betts, Stu Barnes, Rene Bourque, Jay Bouwmeester, Kyle Brodziak, Gilbert Brule, Kyle Calder, Jason Chimera, Kyle Chipchura, Erik Christensen, Mike Commodore, Mike Comrie, Shane Doan, Andrew Ference, Vernon Fiddler, Todd Fedoruk, Jarome Iginla, Brad Isbister, Daymond Langkow, Bryan Little, Joffrey Lupul, Clark MacArthur, Derrik Morris, Scott Nichol, Matt Pettinger, Steven Reinprecht, Sheldon Souray, Daryl Sydor, Darcy Tucker, Scotty Upshall, Ray Whitney
Braydon Coburn, Micki Dupont, Patrick Eaves, Matt Green, Trent Hunter, Trevor Linden, Bryan McCabe, Kyle McLaren, Robert Nillson(father from Sweden but played in Calgary), Chris Phillips, Mason Raymond, Kris Russell, Jeff Shultz, Devin Setoguchi, Jason Smith, Ryan Smyth, Brent Sopel, Jeff Tambelinni, James Vandermeer
Eric Brewer, Ryan Craig, Kyle Cumiskey, Dallas Drake, Eric Godard, Josh Gorges, Dan Hamhuis, Scott Hannan, Shawn Horcoff, Barret Jackman, Paul Kariya, Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ladd, Milan Lucic, Brad Lukowich, Steve McArthy, Willie Mitchell, Steve Montador, Brendan Morrison, Shaone Morrisonn, Scott and Rob Niedermeyer, Marc Recchi, Byron Ritchie, Joe Sakic, Brent Seabrook, Shea Weber
After decifering all this it seems that Toronto ices a above average team with many superstars, Edmonton and Vancouver come up with average teams, Montreal has a high flying offensive team with very little defense and Calgary and Ottawa are below average.
After seeing what kind of teams Ottawa and Calgary had despite having great fan support dont generate that many players. So i started thinking about expansion whether it would be in Winnipeg, Quebec City, the Maritimes and the Hamilton/London/Tri City area to see what kind of home teams they could ice.
Hamilton/London/TriCity (Southern Ontario)
Mark Bell, Kevin Bieksa, Rob Blake, Brian Campbell, Gregory Campbell, Jeff Carter, Jassen Cullimore, Kevin Dallman, Boyd Devereaux, Matt Ellis, Daniel Girardi, Chris Gratton, Josh Gratton, Nathan Horton, Kevin Klein, Adam Mair, Kirk Maltby, Andy McDonald, Bryan McGratton, Dan Paille, Steve Staios, Joe Thornton, Mike Van Ryn, Scott Walker, Kyle Wellwood, Dennis Wideman, Jason Williams, Bryan Willsie
Riley Cote, Nigel Dawes, Duncan Keith, Shane Hnidy, Garnett Exelby, Colton Orr, Dustin Penner, Bryce Salvador, Jody Shelley, Alex Steen(father played for the Jets), Jonathan Toews, Jordan Tootoo, Duvie Westcott, Ian White, Travis Zajac
Steve Begin, Patrice Bergeron, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Philippe Boucher, Martin Gelinas, Martin Lapointe, Michel Ouellet, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Paul Stastny(father played for the Nordiques but I believe he was raised in the states), Alex Tanguay, Antoine Vermette
Eric Boulton, Luc Bourdon, Daniel Cleary, Ryan Clowe, Sidney Crosby, Aaron Johnson, Jason King, Glen Murray, Steve Ott, Brad Richards, Micheal Ryder, James Sheppard, Jon Sim
The Maritimes with the exception of Crosby and Richards dont have a team, Winnipeg and Quebec City (to my surprise) werent as competitive as i would have thought but Southern Ontario IMO ices a team far greater then Calgary and Ottawa has iced.
This brings on the ongoing debate that Southern Ontario can support another team. Of course im not basing this assesment just on how many players are playing in the NHL from a certain area. Ontario has a population of 12 million. Most of the population is in the south. Just out of estimating that gives southern Ontario (GTA included) 8-10 million people which is by far enough to support a second team.
There are teams in the states (Anaheim, Nashville, Dallas, Phoenix, Carolina, and the list goes on..) were nobody has ever made it to the NHL let alone drafted. Hockey sohuld be played where it is appreciated and where it comes from the grassroots. There are just too many teams out there that are in a market where nobody cares about hockey (granted they do have a large market and big american money). With this research done I am a BIG believer in relocation or expansion to southern Ontario (coming from a Leafs fan). I truly believe the people of Ontario deserve a 3rd team in the hockey Mecca of the world.