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Should the Edmonton Oilers move to Quebec City?
Wed, December 1, 2010

QUEBEC CITY – Top Edmonton Oilers executives, including President of Hockey Operations Kevin Lowe, are to meet Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume Wednesday to discuss possible relocation, QMI has learned.

Oilers President and CEO Patrick Laforge and Paul Marcaccio, with the Katz ownership group, have also travelled east as talks to build a new and profitable arena in Edmonton remain stalled.

“We don’t know what to expect from this meeting,” Lowe, a former captain of Quebec City’s junior hockey team, told QMI.

“Just the fact that we’re meeting Mayor Labeaume to discuss possibilities, the sky is the limit. Exchanging ideas is the main goal of the meeting.”

Read the full story here.


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That's way the bestset answer so far!
Teyah, 2011-08-24 10:47:26

Maple Leaf Gardens and the Montreal Forum were great for 60 years each.Whats wrong withkeeping Rexall Place?Were already taxed to death in this city.Im not paying 100s of millions of dollars for a new arena.
Irv Jenks, 2011-07-21 08:08:35

Get them out of here! Everything about NHL hockey is insanely over priced. Right down to the beer and freedom fries.
Joe, 2010-12-15 09:12:51

yes, they should move to Quebec and so should a certain unnamed parasite including our mega project seeking mayor! If the people of Edmonton want to have an arena, by all means let us build one TOTALLY with taxpayers money and it should belong TOTALLY to the taxpayers and not to some local opportunists!
otmar zambo, 2010-12-11 09:54:39

Posturing, pure and simple. This is a dangerous negoatiation strategy...fear.
Dpalmer, 2010-12-02 09:42:19

Yes, get rid of that stupid hockey team.
bob, 2010-12-01 19:40:13

The meeting had NOTHING to do with the Oilers relocating to Quebec City. Strange that the author of the article made it seem like that way.
gordholio, 2010-12-01 19:11:13

Most of this looks like the usual brain dead tabloid journalism I've come to expect from the Sun chain over the years.

However, Katz should be very careful about how much posturing he does. Edmontonians will not tolerate some multi-billionaire holding a Sword of Damocles over their heads.

Katz should look to Peter Pocklington as a cautionary tale of what happens when you try to screw an entire city over in the name of the all mighty dollar.

Edmonton did just fine before the Oilers and it will continue along just fine if they leave.
Sean, 2010-12-01 17:23:23

Nothing more than fact finding...

“Edmonton Oilers’ President and CEO Patrick LaForge, President of Hockey Operations Kevin Lowe and Katz Group CFO Paul Marcaccio met today with Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume and others. Our representatives are on a fact finding mission to gather information on the Quebec arena project, the contemplated funding model and that City’s discussions with other orders of government. Patrick, Kevin and Paul hope to learn from the Quebec City experience and bring back insights that will help move the process forward here in Edmonton. We remain focused on our efforts to develop the funding structure required to enable the Edmonton Arena District project to proceed. Today was a convenient date for the meeting in Quebec City since the Oilers are already in nearby Montreal to play the Canadiens and our group is with the team.”

- Bob Black, Executive Vice President

Sports & Entertainment

Katz Group
K., 2010-12-01 17:04:30

This is obviously posturing on the part of Oiler management, trying to get a far bigger arena than the team deserves. Going straight to Quebec City, which Albertans have been brainwashed into hating, is a stroke of genious. Hamilton would support three teams before Quebec could support one, so this is just to drag the Francophobia factor into this. Truthfully, Edmonton should settle for a $400M arena and spend the other $600M on cultural and infrastructure around the city to make it a more attractive and interesting place to live. When you have the Prongers of the world emotionally invested in the team, but their wives threatening divorce if they have to live in this hole, you will always lose or have trouble attracting quality players. Make it a better place to live, the team will get better and then command higher ticket prices in the smaller arena. It's a win win.


Rick W., 2010-12-01 15:42:24

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