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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.

Another team in T.O.?



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I agree S.T. Collisse. And I bet every single one who submitted a variation on that comment thought he/she was being original.

Right now, win or lose, as a group the Leafs are at least playing better hockey than their provincial rivals in Ottawa (not that that would be hard).

As for a second team in T.O. - everyone take a deep breath, go outside and see if pigs are flying. When you see a flock go by maybe then the reality of a second franchise there will become true.
Gary O., 2008-10-23 15:32:03

Agreed S.T. Collisse. The usual collection of "brain surgeons" and "rocket scientists" are out in force on this one. Not an original thought amongst them - IQ equal to their shoe size (you can rank this classic but worn out put down right up there with anything these idiots have to offer).

It also amazes me to read posts from those that see themselves as informed on the business end of professional hockey. I can tell you, you're not.


Jake, 2008-10-23 15:25:43

Well I was right...all the knee-slapping "never heard that one before" comments about Toronto not having an NHL team...too bad you idiotic Leaf-bashers can't be more original.


S.T. Collisse, 2008-10-23 12:29:12

Since we agree that TO does not have an NHL caliber team and hasn't had one for years, I say go for it!

Without people like Richard Peddie, Dave Morrison and Mike Penny to contend with the new team will immediately be better than the Laffs.

All the new team has to do is read the Macleans article "Why the Leafs Stink" and do everything opposite to what the Laffs have done for 41 years. Year after year the Laffs make one bad decision after another and have never been held accountable by their fan base. Give the fans an alternative and perhaps then there would be an incentive for the Laffs to really change. How can you keep non performers like Peddie, Penny and Morrison around when they are so obviously incompetent? Its pathetic, disgusting and an affront.
Laffing at the Laffs, 2008-10-23 08:50:33

Yes. What do you mean by "Does Toronto need another NHL team?" Toronto should have an NHL Team. They don't have one yet!
Vince in Ottawa, 2008-10-23 04:20:01

If Jim Balsillie can put an NHL team in the KW area, I'm all for it. He has the financial backing to do it without going bankrupt as others have.

Build an arena close to the 401/Hwy 8 and you will have the ideal location.

I see the Leaf Nation crying foul. I also see them abandoning a sinking ship and rooting for "Team Blackberry".

Jim: Keep ticket prices within the average Jane and Joe's affordability. Make your $ on corporate boxes. A Win Win!!

Long live the 41 year drought!

Dave in Guelph
Dave, 2008-10-22 22:29:47

I think Toronto ought to get about 5 more teams, form a new league, to ensure that they still "might" win a championship one day. But even with 5 other teams running, you just can't be sure when it's Toronto and sports. Get a real leaf ...


jsims, 2008-10-22 21:20:48

Another team right in Toronto would be great. A cross town rivalry in a hockey town could be terrific. It might even give the Maple Leafs an incentive to try to build a winner. Ok, that last part was a bit dumb.
chris jemmett, 2008-10-22 21:10:33

After 40+ years without one Toronto deserves an NHL team.
Michael Goguen, 2008-10-22 20:12:22

They don't have a team now so putting another one in shouldn't hurt.
Blair, 2008-10-22 19:54:46

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