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 ratings weren’t exactly 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.

Ana Festa June 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Hockey is an exciting game and I love watching it. It's really the only sport I can truly get into. I watched most of the playoff games. I keep hoping the fan base in CT will grow enough to support an NHL team in CT.
Brian Johnston June 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I watched every Stanley Cup Finals game!! I'd rather watch hockey than baseball, basketball, or football any day!!
Doreen June 13, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I love hockey! (It's so much more exciting than baseball or basketball!) I watched several of the Cup Finals games, even though "my" team (Red Wings) got booted out of the playoffs early.
Hugh McCaig June 13, 2012 at 10:58 PM
I watch hockey through the whole season,and I personally think that this was the worst and most boring Stanley cup final that I have ever watched. I love hockey,but this series didn't do the game any justice at all.........Hugh McCaig (Bruins Fan)
Foomax June 20, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Even after playing myself and watching my son play through youth, Juniors and College my interest in the NHL left town with the Whalers. I still enjoy watching the game, especially live. Nothing beats a Saturday afternoon at ETR watching high school games. Happy for the local kids. Jon Quick winning the cup. Tommy Cross and Barry Almedia winning a national championship at BC.


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