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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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Sure they deserve a chance at getting a real NHL team maybe they they could win a combined 10 games a year if they did.

Aways if they did get a real team they wouldn't make the playoffs either, Toronto right now needs another team to laugh at seeing they are losers.

42 years and counting yes I've included this year in that count
smallrage, 2008-10-21 23:16:59

They could really use an NHL team, it's been a long time since they had one.
Dave, 2008-10-21 22:33:14

This is just a fabricated story. I seriously doubt that any serious talk has gone on about Toronto getting a franchise.

Don't believe it!
gordholio, 2008-10-21 21:32:08

I don't know why they don't reconsider Winnipeg?


rd, 2008-10-21 20:23:48

T.O. needs a team period.

What we don't need is more of what the Leafs bring...Nothing.

Just think, the last time they won the cup, man had not walked on the moon, The Beatles just released Sgt Pepper, Uncle Bobby was a big hit for CTV.

Need I say more. Well I could but I can't type that much....
Brian O'Callaghan, 2008-10-21 20:10:21

Yesterday in an unrelated interview Cliff Fletcher said "You can't suck and blow at the same time.

If the NHL give Toronto another franchise, they'll have figured a way.
Andy V., 2008-10-21 19:30:49

A lot of people think that Winnipeg should have an NHL team...it isn't going to happen. There's little corporate support and Manitobans aren't going to pay absurd ticket prices to watch overpaid athletes. I think a number of other possible cities would have similar problems.

Toronto has abundance of what the other NHL-less cities doesn't have: corporate support and hockey fans with money to blow.
Rk, 2008-10-21 19:17:09

It would seem to me that MLSE would cry that they would lose money. Is that possible? I'm a Leafs fan and travel to Buffalo to see games. It costs less, is easier to travel to (even with the border!) and the arena is far nicer than the ACC.

If the Leafs had no corporate boxes/seats then the average person may be able to enjoy a game. If another team comes to Southern Ontario I would buy seasons tickets and support it. I'd still remain a Leafs fan too.

MLSE will not hurt financially we all know that, too bad Peddie is too ignorant to realize it!

It would be nice if Bettmen listened to the true Canadian hockey fans and not the corporate suits. Bring more teams to Canada, and if another team in Southern Ontario bonus for us fans of the game!
ts, 2008-10-21 19:12:17

Deap 2007 has hit the nail squarely upon its head. Expansion? Are these guys kidding? Let's get serious here. The NHL, dependant as it is for most of its revenue on bums in the seats, should be a league of no more than 24 teams, with a minimum of eight based in Canada. I grew up with the Original Six during the 50s and 60s, when my brothers and I couldn't wait for Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday nights. We were glued to the (black and white) t.v. set, and "rested" only during commercials. Yes, I know, the players today are "bigger, stronger, faster", but, unfortunately, the game has become, with exceptions, an excruciating snore. The skill is there in flashes, but in far less proportion than in the NHL's heyday. A second team in Toronto? I don't think so.


butch f., 2008-10-21 19:10:39

Both teams could play out of the ACC, just like the Lakers and Clippers both play at the Staples Centre. Except in this case, they'd both be the Clippers.
Ron, 2008-10-21 19:05:08

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