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Published September 22, 2023 at 9:43 PM
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Exploring Mexico: NHL's Next Destination?

The NHL, following the footsteps of other sports leagues, seems to be gazing towards the south. A recent revelation suggests that the league might be thinking about hosting games in Mexico.

NHL's Evolving International Strategy



In an ESPN article by Greg Wyshynski, the notion of NHL's inclination towards international games outside the conventional territories of Canada and the US has been confirmed.


David Proper, the NHL's Senior Executive Vice President of Media and International Strategy, highlighted Mexico City as a potential venue, although there's still work to be done.

"It's certainly something that we are looking very, very carefully at," Proper remarked. "There's some things we got to figure out if we're going to make it work." - Proper

The goal? Introducing and nurturing the sport of hockey in previously untapped regions like Mexico, expanding beyond the traditional talent pools of Canada, the US, and Europe.

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The American Sports Invasion of Mexico



Mexico has caught the attention of other major American sports leagues. The NBA's G League welcomed the Mexico City-based 'Capitanes'. The NFL has showcased its flair with four games in Mexico City, with the last one being between the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals in 2022.

Additionally, the MLB marked its presence with the Mexico Series, featuring the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres.

Beyond the leagues, individual stars are making waves too. Soccer icon Javier Hernandez, better known as 'Chicharito', has been with Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy since 2020. Furthermore, Carlos Vela's jersey sales have also soared.

With Lionel Messi joining Inter Miami and with Miami's 2023 demographics showing a 72.5% Hispanic descent, the appeal for sports in Mexico and its influence in the US is undeniable.

NHL's Mexican Advantage



As the NHL evaluates its next moves, the league already has potential ambassadors in players with Mexican ties.

The likes of Auston Matthews, a Toronto Maple Leafs prodigy, and Max Pacioretty, a former Montreal Canadiens Captain now with the Washington Capitals, both have Mexican heritage. Their presence could be pivotal in kindling an interest in the sport within the country.

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However, for the NHL to genuinely resonate with Mexican fans, it's more than just a game. It's about creating an enduring connection, turning once overlooked regions into passionate hockey aficionados.

An international game, perhaps a preseason showdown in Mexico, could be the catalyst for this transformation.

As Read on MarkerZone - NHL Officially Eyeing Expanding Into a New Country
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