It seems the NHL is indeed king, even in a WHL town.
This week’s Seattle Sidelines poll dealt with the increasing possibility of the NHL coming to Seattle. Specifically, given Everett is already a hockey town because of the presence of the Silvertips, I wanted to know people’s reaction to last week’s news, which included the City of Seattle approving the plan to renovate KeyArena, followed by the NHL’s announcement that it would consider an expansion application from Seattle.
Here’s what you said:
POLL: If the NHL comes to Seattle, who gets your primary hockey support? Full context here: https://t.co/mDFXwLlb1R
— Nick Patterson (@NickHPatterson) December 11, 2017
Add the two together and the highest percentage of votes (41 percent) were cast for giving primary hockey support to the new NHL team. In second with 33 percent were those who would support the Silvertips and the NHL team equally. Only 13 percent said they would remain loyal to the Silvertips over the NHL, while another 13 percent said they didn’t care about hockey.
A couple of notes about the polling. First, there was a good turnout for this one with 424 total votes, which is more than double the usual weekly vote total. Part of the reason for that was that the poll was retweeted by outlets from outside the Snohomish County market, and those votes may have affected the data since those voters presumably have no allegiance to Everett, meaning there was no reason to vote for the Silvertips.
There will be much more on this subject throughout the weekend. I received a fair amount of feedback from people with their thoughts about the NHL coming to Seattle, so those will be shared. I also talked to Zoran Rajcic, who’s been a part of the Silvertips’ management team from the beginning, about his thoughts on how an NHL team in Seattle may affect the Tips, so that will be part of my Sunday column. Check all that out in the coming days.