Toronto ices bid for second NHL team
DON PEAT, QMI Agency
TORONTO - City council iced indefinitely any support for a second NHL team in Hogtown - despite one councillor roughing up the Maple Leafs.
Council faced off on a recommendation from the city's economic development committee asking to send a letter to the National Hockey League expressing city hall's support for another hockey franchise in Toronto in the wake of the Atlanta Thrashers moving to Winnipeg.
Councillor Josh Colle argued his motion was Toronto's chance to make a powerplay for another team, which would be an economic win for the city and not hurt the Leafs at all.
Councillor Anthony Perruzza applauded a second NHL team for Toronto and didn't hesitate to bodycheck the lacklustre Leafs right in his speech to council.
"I remember as a young boy just being completely fascinated by the Toronto Maple Leafs and hockey," Perruzza said. "But I have to tell you that over time and with all of the subsequent disappointments ... just watching this team implode year in and year out I believe we are doing a disservice to Torontonians."
Perruzza said a second team would give people in Toronto "the option to be able to go and support another team."
"This market completely being dominated by one team that year in and year out takes advantage, I believe full advantage, of its fan base by simply knowing that we're going to be there for them, in support of them," he said. "And year in and year out it is just one great big disappointment, year after year after year after year."
Other councillors still pledged allegiance to Leafs Nation.
Councillor Mary Fragedakis waved her Leafs' coffee cup and called them an "integral part of Toronto's sporting culture."