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Does Toronto need another NHL team?
Fri, June 5, 2009

By TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

A Toronto group wants to leave its Legacy with the National Hockey League.

Calling it a pie-in-the-sky idea might be a safer bet.

Andrew Lopez, creator of the Toronto Legacy Group, unveiled an ambitious NHL expansion team plan today at a downtown restaurant, one that would be called the Toronto Legacy, play in a proposed 30,000-seat arena at Downsview Park and give 25% of its annual net profits to charities across Canada.

Half of the tickets in the rink, which is part of a plan that would include an Olympic swimming pool, office towers and a hotel, would be sold for no more than $50 a game.

Lopez said the group already has lined up $1 billion in financing.

Do you think this bid, or any other bid, could bring a second NHL team to Toronto? Does the Greater Toronto Area need another team? Have your say in our forum.

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Why would you want an another losing hockey team???
Tezzy, 2009-11-24 15:04:27

Yes T.O. needs another NHL team.The other one left in 1967 and hasn't been seen since.We all keep looking and hoping they will return some day.
JohnBoy, 2009-10-13 09:15:51

Why not just let Basille put the Coyotes in Halifax from cripes sake? Huge hockey market in Southern Ontario, and hardly any in Phoenix. Leafs won't be affected, and who cares about the Sabres really. Why should people in Southern Ontario have to drive to the US to see a game? If Buffalo can't support a team locally then it should be moved as well.
Eugene, 2009-09-17 14:45:39

TO media types love to keep referring to the fact that Toronto is the nation's largest city and, by virtue of that statistic, dwarfs all other Canadian centres. What they conveniently overlook is that they are also the location of the country's largest ethnic mix, and I'd be willing to bet that, when you deduct them from the equation (most of whom are likely soccer fans first and foremost - if they are even sports fans at all), they aren't that much bigger than the other Canadian franchises.

And as someone has already pointed out, those who ARE hockey fans are Leafs fans only. Some omong the media love to poke at Ottawa, calling it a "one-ream" town compared to TO which has the Argos, Raptors and Blue Jays. Ironically, another trio of losing franchises with no hope of ever getting better reasonably soon.

But Major Junior teams in the GTA have trouble drawing a Corporal's Guard while in Ottawa, on any given friday when the Sens are at home, it's not uncommon to see 20,000 at ScotiaBank Place, 9,000 to 10,000 at the Civic Centre to watch the 67's, and another 4,000 to 5,000 across the river in Gatineau to watch the Olympiques. I doubt if Toronto can point to ONE night where some 33,000 to 35,000 fans were watching hockey on the same night!

And when it comes to basketball, the Carleton Ravens and Ottawa U G.G.'s can draw upwards of 10,000 to ScotiaBank place for selected basketball games. Can the GTA point to one such event in their area?

Sp, climb down from your high-horse Toronto and come to terms with reality. Your hockey team is NOT a "legend" (the Canadiens, now THERE'S a legend), nor is it any more "entitled" to becoming a winner again after 42 years than is any other team either waiting longer (Chicago) for their next Cup, or winning their first, of which there are still quite a few in the league.
Gary O., 2009-08-15 15:00:14

Toronto needs a NHL team, not just another NHL team. The Leafs for 30 years have been a glorified minor league team thats shown occasional flashes of competence, only to revert to mediocrity or worse.
Dave from the borderlands, 2009-07-10 11:51:34

I'm not bitter about anything.

Look at this last "proposal" with the 30,000 seat stadium. The supposed group hasn't even contacted the NHL about their "proposal". They just went to the media about it.

If you are serious, contact the NHL before you start laying out all your "plans".
gordholio, 2009-06-08 11:01:55

Do they even have one NHL franchise ?


powell, 2009-06-06 17:39:43

Does T.O need another NHL team???

So that'll make 3 in the neighborhood with the leafs, the legends (say what?), and the 'sillies in steeltown...

Is there some conspiracy to have Bettman croak of a massive coronary???

Ok, ok, so I like the idea of affordable tickets, but can they really assure they'll go to the guy or lady with her kid(s) and not to some extra cheap suit who'll spend ganetime on the cell tryin to score more payola $$$?

Now if I'm running the big show, I'm really liking that

legends launch... Philantropy, affordable seating, charitable donations, a billion $ budget... Makes the NHL look

alright... worth investing in for the right reasons...

sounds really, really good

... Maybe way too good.

From the cheap seats...

This launch seems way coincidental, and if you believe in conspiracy theories, it ain't the Grinch with a coronary... it's more the Grinch with a set-up...

Face it...

No one's ever came out with this type of gameplan before

...the NHL looks like crap for floating a $$$losing team in a place that puts high school cheerleading above the league...

and like how many hardcores came out to the - save the Coyotes - rally 50? 100?...sad but true...

and then there's saviour Jim, just ready to make things alright...but the catch is that the team's gotta move to arrrgghhh... say it Gary... Canada!!!

The timing of the legends launch takes away from negativity and animosity that was clearly growing by NHL fans. While this won't

make the bad feeling go away, it does shine the NHL in another light, a nice light for awhile...

With a lot of teams having the same $$$ problems...

Gary, what'cha gonna do?

The soap opera thickens...
From the cheap seats..., 2009-06-06 14:06:29

A second NHL team won't work in Hogtown. How many times over how many years have the T.O. fans proven that they are Leafs fans and NOT hockey fans? The Leafs could play Tiddlywinks or Chinese Checkers and still pack the place!If it's not the Leafs, the fans don't care! Let's stop this "centre of the hockey universe" nonsense!
richard kirkey, 2009-06-06 10:01:37

The one time I went to a maple leafs game I spent 70 dollars for an obstructed view of a 7-1 rout (against the maple leafs). They're mismanaged and monopolistic - give us some competition in this supersaturated market!
Dave, 2009-06-06 08:55:06

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