To review: Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto are our 3 major cities and easily support the national sport. Calgary is oil-rich, Edmonton at the time was talent rich, one of the best dynasties in the history of the game. Winnipeg was a small market and couldn't make up for the deflated dollar, and Quebec was the Columbus Blue Jackets of its day, not to mention they had the stigma of being in a province who were trying to separate and famously Eric Lindros refused to play for them. All in all, the two smaller markets in Canada at the time couldn't manage those obstacles. None of that really has any bearing on today. Quebec, like Winnipeg, would EMBRACE hockey like you wouldn't believe. You need to understand how big the rivalry between Quebec City and Montreal is; that rivalry alone would drive immense ticket sales.