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NFL CANADA


Which Canadian city deserves an NHL team?
Sun, January 30, 2011

In a player poll released by CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and the Players’ Association before Sunday’s all-star game at the RBC Center, 53% of over 300 players polled supported a move by the league back to Quebec City.

Asked what Canadian city deserves a franchise, Winnipeg was a distant second at 25%. A second team in Toronto was at 16% and Hamilton wasn’t on the map with only 5% of NHL players supporting a move there.

The players wouldn’t support getting rid of fight anytime soon. A whopping 98% maintained fighting shouldn’t be banned and 66% are for keeping the controversial instigator rule in place.

Read the full story here.

Should there be a seventh NHL team in Canada? If so, who should get it?



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I would love to see an nhl team here in Canada be it whatever, but I have issues as to if or could pm Harper give out any largesse of any kind. Are Canadians that naive that any $$ Bbe spent on luring an nhl team to Canada. Remember that some cities in Canada have x number of dollars and that if you give money to Quebec CITY, Regina would want federal money for its football stadium. I wish us well, but you never know.
Mike Carroll, 2010-09-24 14:48:04

Regina needs a team!!! Seriously!! Look at Edmonton, getting 16,900 a game, and surviving at approx 60-70 a ticket. Reginans could support an NHL team, with our small arena, say 400 fans a game @ $4000 a ticket each. Ya, that would work. If not, Toronto needs a team, and has for 40+ years. Thanks.
Shawn Gusway, 2010-09-24 14:47:33

BRING BACK THE NORDS & JETS!

They certainly didn't deserve to lose their teams as they had/have great fans.

Even with smaller arenas, there was more fan support than most of the US teams.
Pucknutt, 2010-09-24 12:06:54

Winnipeg about 15,000 seats no luxury boxes, not up to NHL requirements. Same for Quebec City.

Hamilton, as we know from the Canada cups series in the 80's & 90's will sell out, has private boxes with room for more and hold just under 18,000 for a hockey game.

Do not kid yourself until Bettman is gone and the Maple Leafs organisation understand that they will still bring in tons of money. No Canadian city will get a team


Joe Antolich, 2010-09-24 11:50:24

I say give Edmonton an NHL team, they used to have one and are deserving of one.
Ciaran, 2010-09-24 11:14:59

Would I LIKE to see NHL teams in Winnipeg, Quebec City and the GTA? Of course, much better locations insofar as hockey goes than Tampa, Miami and Phoenix.

However, whereas those teams get their arenas virtually tax-free, Canadian cities tend to tax their teams up the Ying-Yang, especially in Quebec. You need a lot of corporate support to overcome that AND the minimum cap, never mind spending to the maximum.

And what corporate support would they have in Winnipeg and Quebec City? There isn't much in either location. The GTA seems like the only rationale location.
Pragmatic, 2010-09-24 11:14:36

The last place it should go is near Toronto...maybe in the future, but not the first new one. ...what would the Toronto Sports Network TSN do if there was two teams? The announcers would have a tough time being biased in a game vs. each other.
Max, 2010-09-24 11:04:08

Slow and steady folks. There is still a recession on and there are still many US teams that are not out of the woods. Phoenix is the first team to be transferred but Nashville and Florida weren't exactly filling the stadium last year. So before we Canadians start to speak of regurgitaing Winnipeg and Quebec teams we have to remember that the economy may not support the team and the team you get is likely to be a former US team that failed. "Caveat emptor"
Zorro, 2010-09-24 10:28:50

I'm still not sure about Winnipeg. First off, they lost their team before, who's to say it won't happen again? Next, the city's population is not even 800K, and the biggest problem for me is the MTS Centre holds just 15,000 seats. Manitoba's economy is not as strong as other provinces, so what are ticket prices going to look like and can the average joe Winnipeger afford to go? Soon, those 15,000 won't even be full and they'll be back to where the Jets were...broke and looking for a new home. But yes, a 7th team would be welcomed - in Hamilton!
Doug, 2010-09-24 10:14:01

As long as Pierre McQuire isn't the announcer, you can put another NHL team anywhere you want.
barry, 2010-09-24 09:52:43

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