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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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To A Hockey Fan:

Medicine Hat can't afford a team..neither can Saskatoon..and it didn't work in Winterpeg before, and I can't see it working there now. Hamilton is a poor choice..and a second team in TO is even a poorer choice (and hey, I bleed blue!). So, what's left? New Brunswick perhaps?? Nah..they're too into their American League on the east coast. So..maybe Northern Ontario..say..North Bay?? Anyone ever been up to North Bay on a Friday night for one of their Jr. games?? Those fans are crazy! It would certainly be a good fit. And while I'm here, I must say as much as I am a true Leafs fan, I had to laugh at ducktrapper's post..what a classic!! Well said, duck, well said!
Dianne, 2008-10-22 13:36:51

Toronto NO

As for another team in Southern Ontario most definatley, they would raise a fan base with absolutly no problem at all
Ozzy, 2008-10-22 12:59:09

Toronto needs a first professional hockey team before considering a second.
Joe, 2008-10-22 12:45:21

This is entirely about money, and not about the sport. The Leafs have demonstrated you can sell out every game, whether you win or lose and with a pocket that deep, why wouldn't they attempt to exploit it? I commend Leaf fans for being so loyal through the (many, many) lean years, but you've demonstrated that you will continue to shell out for whatever skates out.

Having said that, as a western Canadian, one of my favourite pet peeves is the over-exposure of "Canada's" team. Hockey Night In Canada is really Leaf's Night in Canada and the idea of TWO Toronto teams dominating every moment of hockey coverage is enough to give me a headache.
K Lee, 2008-10-22 12:36:45

Toronto deserves an NHL team...they've been watching junior hockey for far too long.
Norbit, 2008-10-22 12:29:11

Canada could always use another team! After all, it's "our game"!

I guess the reason they are suggesting Toronto is because you HAVE to have the Corporate population with the price of tickets now..."box" prices, etc.

What about Halifax or Moncton? The Maritimes may be able to support a team.

But if another team ends up in or around the GTA, that's fine by me.

As a life-long, die-hard Habs fan, I can ALWAYS use something else to chuckle at!


BoHutch, 2008-10-22 12:07:50

I think a team on the West Coast would be much more plausible. I do agree with what was said a few comments ago, I know quite a few Habs and Leafs fan, and they are nothing but loyal.... has anyone ever thought of a new team in B.C.? I come from Edmonton myself, and as much as I would like another Alberta team, unless we were to double up in one of our major cities, theres no way we could turn around and make the profit necessary, no matter how loyal our fans are (which is amazing, I truly believe Edmonton has the best fans in the league, and I do say this from experience).

However, B.C. is a fair size with lots of money to be had. There are many fair sized cities that could produce income (Kelowna, Victoria, etc..) however a new arena would be necessary. Which really leaves the question of how much are they willing to invest to turn a profit???


Jill, 2008-10-22 11:09:51

It's high time Hamilton got the team they have been asking for for years. The crowds down there would support the team and far from hurting the Sabres it would make for a great rivalry that might actually help.

Giving GTA fans someone else to cheer for might light a fire under the Maple Laughs as well.
Ted Davidson, 2008-10-22 10:29:57

How about this non-competition clause of the 80Km radius between buffalo and toronto? Should Toronto focus on the team they have and maybe they won't suck?

What about puttin a Team back in Winnipeg, so we have more resonable distance between the Canadian Teams when they play each other, a stop along the way to out west, the praires are looking mighty barren with 2000 km and then some of distance.
Daniel Pinard, 2008-10-22 10:22:41

Why not work on the West or maybe central Canada or even go up north. Why the heck does it have to be Ontario anyhow?

I can think of Victoria needing a Hockey Team or Medicane Hat or Saskatoon needing a Hockey team or even may dare I say it Winnipeg.

So why just conserate on Ontario anyhow?
A Hockey Fan, 2008-10-22 10:18:19

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