Well I'm wondering if it was even broadcast in the U.S., so don't feel too bad. I kinda look at ME, NY, MI, WI, IL, MN as a subset of Canada with respect to hockey but I don't know if that's enough population (NY not withstanding) to generate enough interest in the allstar stuff being broadcast. There's a few other states I consider definitely to have hotbeds for hockey in them (MA, Penn (what's the abbr. for that again?), TX but beyond that they aren't really generating a lot of interest.
Sports Illustrated had a stat in their weekly sidebar a while back stating that 80% of Canadians tuned into the Olympic Gold Medal game. 80%! Is there another nation that tunes in to that amount anywhere?
The draft was kind of lame anyway as that's not how I'd structure my team. I also thought it kind of ghey they had to have the goalies gone by the 10th round and the D guys by the 15th round - it assured a forward would be the last pick. Then Cam Ward as the first pick overall, yeah, whatever
I just don't consider Carolina to be a hockey state or town or good place for a team. Hell, send them back to Hartford. Let's face it, Bettman just plain sucks all around.
Oh, and I got to talk to Dennis Hull and got his autograph on a Blackhawks puck earlier this week. Funny, nice and genuine guy. Drinks way less than his brother Bobby, whose autograph I also have.