Bettman tempers Quebec's expectations

Hockey fans wearing Quebec Nordiques jerseys gather to ask for the team's return in New York's...

Hockey fans wearing Quebec Nordiques jerseys gather to ask for the team's return in New York's Times Square April 9, 2011. (JESSICA RINALDI/Reuters)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:15 PM ET

VANCOUVER - During his state of the union address Wednesday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman publicly acknowledged the desire of Quebecor President/CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau to bring an NHL franchise to Quebec City.

At the same time, Bettman repeated the statement he made one day earlier in Winnipeg -- that markets seeking teams, like Quebec City, should not get their hopes up.

"I am not going to raise expectations," Bettman said. "I'm well aware of Mr. Peladeau's interest and that is gratifying. I am well aware there are plans to build an arena, although we have made no promise of what will happen after that.

"At the present time, since I don't have a franchise we're looking to relocate, and as I said, we're not planning on expanding, I don't want to get people's expectations in Qubec City raised."


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