Move over, American basketball, football and baseball. NHL hockey has made a splash in Japan.
Capacity crowds of 10,500 turned out Saturday and Sunday to watch, ooh and aah at the first NHL regular season games held outside North America.Tetsuya Ono, a Japanese college student, said that when the puck came flying, "I could really feel the power and speed."
The "oohs" of the fans were echoed in the sports newspaper Hochi.
"The NHL brought more excitement here than past games by the NFL, NBA and major league baseball," it said Sunday.