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Maybe the Fiserv Forum can find NHL success where the Bradley Center couldn't.

Stadium Talk: Milwaukee should have an NHL team - and so should Moscow

If you build it, they will come.

They being the National Hockey League.

That was the hope (dream?) that led to the construction of the Bradley Center 30 years ago. Three decades later, that arena is being dismantled and Milwaukee still has no NHL franchise.

But the hope and dream of southeast Wisconsin hockey fans that the city will someday be a big league hockey town lives on and maybe got a little boost last month when Sheng Peng posted "Cities That Should Have an NHL Team" on Stadium Talk.

Or maybe it's all just fantasy.

Because there sits Milwaukee, about halfway through the list, nestled among Hartford, Kansas City, Atlanta, Cleveland, Toronto and – wait, what? – Helsinki, Moscow, Sapporo, Prague and Mexico City.

Damn, that'd be a hell of an away series.

But, it could happen ... at least for Milwaukee.

"The Nashville Predators' top minor league affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, have held down the hockey fort in Milwaukee in various leagues since 1970. In terms of attendance, they've had consistent success," the article notes, suggesting that even if the Bradley Center couldn't git 'r done, the new Fiserv Forum just might.

"But for the NHL, dreams of capturing the city's imagination like the Green Bay Packers would have to be the goal. A just-opened NHL-ready area, Fiserv Forum, which currently hosts the NBA's Bucks, also could prove to be a lure for the NHL."


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