May 12, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT
Normally we wouldn’t think much of a newspaper giving hockey the front-page treatment. In most NHL markets, it happens all the time. However, we thought this was kind of neat.
The Arizona Republic is the state’s largest newspaper and, according to its website, reaches 1.5 million readers per week. Which is to say, a lot of people saw this.
The accompanying story by columnist John D’Anna is worth the read as well.
A brief excerpt:
Several months ago, one of my bosses told me that the only way the Phoenix Coyotes would ever appear on the front page was if they won the Stanley Cup or if they left town for good.
But if there’s one thing I know after 30 years of newspapering, it’s that readers love a good story. And the Phoenix Coyotes are a good story.
So, here I am, writing a story for the front page on what makes our team and this sport so special and its fans so passionate.
There’s also a GOP slugfest on the horizon.
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- Selanne rips Boudreau in book 18
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