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Another team in T.O.?

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:17 PM ET

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.

"This is a unique model for professional sports," Lopez said. "We're not here to force our will on anyone. We're here because all Canadians love the game of hockey and we're just trying to do our little part."

Lopez -- who said numerous times he was a big Maple Leafs fan and said the Legacy would be the Leafs' "little brother" -- and his group have not been in contact with the NHL.

"If it was up to me, I would call the NHL this afternoon, but it is on their time," Lopez said.

Lopez is not interested in relocating a team to Toronto.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Sun Media on Thursday the league has not heard from the group.

The Maple Leafs did not appear to be overly concerned with Lopez's plan.

"Over the 10 years I have been here, there has been a lot of speculation about another team coming into this market," Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president Richard Peddie said. "None have come to fruition."

The unveiling of the group's plans comes in the midst of Jim Balsillie's battle to re-locate the Phoenix Coyotes to Hamilton. On Tuesday, a judge in Arizona will hear arguments from the Balsillie and the NHL regarding the re-location issue.

Lopez said the first organization to receive funding would be the Future Aces Foundation, which was founded by hockey legend Herb Carnegie.


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