Non-traditional hockey markets producing good players

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman at a press conference in Toronto on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. (QMI...

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman at a press conference in Toronto on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. (QMI Agency/VERONICA HENRI)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:51 PM ET

PLANO, TEX. - NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has taken his lumps for expanding into America's Sunbelt.

But as time goes on, there's more proof putting NHL teams in places like Florida, Texas, Arizona, Tennessee and California has accomplished at least one thing in the NHL's favour: those non-traditional hockey markets are now producing some pretty good players.


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