March 2, 2012
Saskatoon's NHL dream alive ... sort of
By QMI Agency
If Winnipeg can get an NHL team ... well, how about Saskatoon?
In an interview with Gary Bettman written by Rejean Tremblay and published Friday by QMI Agency, the NHL commissioner said he had received interest from Saskatoon, among other cities, for a franchise.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall threw water on the idea Friday, saying it was premature to think that Saskatoon, a city of 235,000, was campaigning for an NHL franchise.
But a "preem" can dream, can't he? Wall didn't completely discount the possibility, telling Business News Network:
"I would wonder why the NHL's not already in Canada's greatest province. I think we produce more, per capita, NHL players than anywhere else in the country. And obviously it's a hotbed of hockey.
"If Winnipeg can do it, I like our chances."
This wouldn't be the first bid for an NHL team for Saskatoon.
In 1983, Bill Hunter tried to buy the St. Louis Blues, who were struggling financially, with plans to relocate the team to Saskatoon. The NHL opposed the move, even though Hunter had obtained about 18,000 commitments for season tickets.