CBC/NHLPA players survey

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Somethings to note, and one to bait the Winnitrolls.

  1. Despite our ownership problems, despite our (lackluster) crowds, and dispite our recent lack of success (prior to last year), we're not a team that players want to avoid playing for - although our friends the Atlanta Thrashers are, joined by the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Florida Panthers.
  2. Despite having to make ice in crazy hot, crazy dry temperatures, Jobing.Com arena does not have bad ice. The BankAtlantic Center in Florida took the honor for worst ice, along with MSG in NYC, the St Pete Times Forum in Florida, Honda Centre in Anaheim and the Staples Centre in LA.
  3. Our Coach, Mr Dave Tippett, made the list twice. Once as the fifth easiest coach to play for, behind Boudreau, Trtoz, Bylsma, and Murray. The second mention, and one that I think we can take huge heart in, in he came in 3rd on the list of coaches players would like to play for, behind Bylsma and Babcock, and ahead of Boucher and Quenneville.
  4. The players know we're underrated. They voted us as the third most underrated team behind The Nashville Predators and the Dallas Stars, and ahead of the Atlanta Thrashers and the St Louis Blues.
  5. Finally, some recognition for our boy Mr Shane Doan- He is the 4th best role model in the league according to the players. He was beaten by some predictable names - 'Face of the NHL' Sidney Crosby, Nicklas Lidstrom(he may be a Red Wing but you can't help respect him) and Jarome Iginla. Martin St. Louis rounded out the top five.
  6. Oh and sorry Winnipeg - even the players would rather a team in Quebec City ahead of you by a greater than 2:1 ratio.

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