“The final numbers are in and the first ever championship win for the Missouri team over the Boston Bruins last night in the Massachusetts metropolis scored an audience of almost 9 million.
In fact, the Blues 4-1 victory over the Original 6er crew turns out to be the most watched NHL game ever on any network since ratings data started to compiled in 1994. Leaning towards the future of television as well as the traditions, Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup is the most streamed NHL face-off ever too with an Average Minute Audience of 191,500 viewers.”
That report comes from Deadline, which confirms one thing that most of us already knew: hockey is on the rise again, and there’s nothing that anyone can do about it. This sport has beaen considered the ‘little brother’ of the big four for far too long now, and it feels like that kind of logic is soon going to become a thing of the past.
Adapt and evolve
The St. Louis Blues are the Stanley Cup champions, but as is always the case in sports, it feels like that storyline is going to become a thing of the past pretty quickly. Why? Because Canada needs to get its rep back. We all know that ice hockey is predominantly popular in North America more so than anywhere else, and as a result of that, we think it’s time for the Great White North to step up and be counted.
Canada’s national sport is hockey and that’s always been pretty clear, but the NHL (National Hockey League) still mainly focuses on (and is ruled by) the American teams. We aren’t saying that this is always the case, but yeah, for the most part, it is.
There are strong Canadian teams out there and there’s no point pretending like there isn’t, but they need to ‘force their way to the front’ a little bit more. There are many ways in which they could do that, but for now, taking the time over the summer to dwell and reflect on what’s gone wrong in the season before them. The Blues have not always been considered a major team and that’s fair to say, so why not use them as inspiration?
Make some changes
We’re kind of more intrigued to see how hockey fans in general take the summer off, too, because let’s face it, this tends to be a slow few months for the big four. Baseball is the only sport that is really in full flow right now, and there are only so many seats that the Blue Jays can fill on a week to week basis. Of course, if you can’t wait for it, then NHL.com has some info on the draft ahead of time.
If you’re of the belief that hockey needs a bit of a boost in the arm too, then take the time to try and promote the sport – and NHL – as much as you can in the next few months. Get the word out there and try to get some more support for the sides representing the Great White North, because magical things can happen. Just look at the Raptors.