Gilmour backs Balsillie bid

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, Last Updated: 10:51 AM ET

Former Maple Leafs captain Doug Gilmour has thrown his support behind Jim Balsillie's attempt to buy the Phoenix Coyotes and move them to Hamilton.

Gilmour, who along with Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy, is hosting a bowl-a-thon in Toronto today in support of Special Olympics, posted his support on Balsillie's makeitseven.ca website.

"I have had the privilege of playing for seven different NHL teams in my career. The number has a nice ring to it, don't you think?," Gilmour wrote.

"There are no greater hockey fans than Canadians and like you, I want to see a seventh NHL team in Canada.

"Thursday I am in Toronto co-hosting the annual 'Dougy, (Jim) Cuddy and Friends Celebrity Bowl' for Special Olympics, a bowling tournament that raises funds to support sport programs for people with intellectual disabilities across the country. Jim Cuddy and I are being joined by 50 celebrities from the sports and music worlds to support this important cause.

"Jim Balsillie shares my passion for sport and for Special Olympics. And I share his passion for a seventh NHL team in Canada. So I am asking you to help us.

"Please support Special Olympics by visiting https://donations.specialolympics.ca.

"And of course, please keep signing up your friends to www.makeitseven.ca so together we can make it seven!"


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