By Derek Rosenfeld
Continuing our discussion on the financial and image problems that face the National Hockey League (NHL), a former fan of the NHL during the 1970s and ’80s who asked to remain anonymous summed up his feelings toward this new breed of NHL by proclaiming, “Sunbelt ice hockey? I always wondered whether the NHL GAINED more fans in markets such as Nashville and Phoenix or have they ABANDONED more fans than they have gained in cities such as Winnipeg, Quebec City, and even Hartford.”
Photo montage created from images found on Wikimedia Commons. Photo credits, top left to right: Resolute; Arnold C; Resolute. Center photo by Brooke Novak. Bottom, from left to right: Saruwine; Sean Russell of Knoxville, TN; and Ivan Makarov.
Derek Rosenfeld is an associate editor for Fire Engineering. He is beginning his sixth season as the assistant baseball coach at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey. He is also an infielder for the semipro North Haledon (NJ) Reds. During the mid-90s, Rosenfeld was a three-year starter at second base for the Ramapo College baseball team in Mahwah, New Jersey, where he earned all-New Jersey Athletic Conference honors and was a two-time New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association (NJCBA) all-star selection. He was named MVP of the 1997 NJCBA All-Star Game. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ramapo College.