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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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I don't feel Toronto needs a team but I'd like to see another team in southern Ontario. The city already embrasses the Leafs way too much. The new team wouldn't have any fans, sure they'd have attendance but Leaf fans don't jump ship. They're too loyal. Put a team in the Kitchener area, I live in Whitby, I'd go for sure. Can't go to the ACC to see a game, retarded prices and I have no idea how to get a ticket, plus I don't want to support the team I don't like. GO HABS GO.
Shawn, 2008-11-05 17:54:08

From the general attitude of some of the TO fans, I think they should put the team outside of Toronto. That way it would be close enough for the TO fans to get a sniff of what it takes to win and maybe even drive down to see what a Stanley Cup parade looks like. This whole attitude about shouting down anyone who doesn't live/breath/die based upon every daily fabricated news item pertaining to the Leafs is ridiculous. People who have thoughts about hockey aside from those printed in the Sun aren't necessarily "Leaf haters", truth be told most of them pity rather than hate Toronto and their fans. Many of us would actually like to see the Leafs win once, if not for the inevitable overreaction that will ensue. Toronto fans are insufferable when their team keeps losing, so winning will not help things at all.


Rick, 2008-11-05 17:06:22

Sure... Toronto doesn't NEED another team . However, can it support one? Absolutely.

The fact is - the NHL needs teams that are supported and putting funds into their league, not teams in Nashville and Florida.

If this does come to light, it needs to be through relocation of a current failing franchise and not yet another expansion.
Paul, 2008-11-05 12:41:27

How about 1 contending team
jimf, 2008-11-05 12:33:15

Toronto does NOT need another team. If for any reason at all...ever..there should be another team in the vicinity for the NHL...it should go to HAMILTON. That town is a hockey town. The people there would support it. I've been to Copps Coliseum. I could see it happen. I want it to happen. The leafs are well supported and always will be no matter if they lose ALL their games for every season for 10 years. They have to population. Give other Cities a chance. Hell, throw Halifax into the equation while we're at it!!
gerry, 2008-11-05 10:39:33

Does Toronto need another team? No. Could Toronto support another team? Yes, and it makes sense to put another team in Toronto. Toronto has the population, the money, the corporate sponsors and would do quite well here. To all you Toronto haters out there, get over it, your opinions don't matter.
Jon, 2008-11-05 10:15:57

Bring on the Waterloo Blackberries. Betcha it'll be a lot less than 41 years before they bring home Stanley!
Dave, 2008-11-04 23:22:38

All's quiet on the Leaf-bashing front. Haven't heard from the numpties since I pointed out we'd heard it all before.
S.T. Collisse, 2008-11-03 13:15:09

The last thing the NHL needs is expansion. In fact, the NHL would be better off to eliminate some of its weaker teams.

Even a 24 or 26 team league would look a lot better, because a number of the marginal players would be playing in the AHL or Europe, where they belong.
Ron, 2008-10-29 13:26:11

thank u ST Collisse u spoke our minds. other ppl r jealous we can afford another nhl team. winnipeg? quebec city? lol! if u failed to keep a team before u dont derserve a franchise now. bash the leafs all u want, they may lose but they MAKE MONEY unlike the jets/nords.
centre of the universe, 2008-10-24 09:36:17

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