In Las Vegas over a month ago at the league awards ceremony, the NHL said they would make applications available to those who would be interested in starting up a new a new expansion team.
16 groups or individuals were sent packages by the league and yesterday was the deadline to get those back, along with a $10 million deposit. Oh and by the way, the NHL is keeping $2 million. You ain’t getting it back.
Perhaps some of those folks treated the applications like some of us handled the Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite ballots. It got shuffled under some envelopes in the basket on the counter. Perhaps the applicants became as timid and scared as a fragile fawn alone on the Granville Mall at nine on a Tuesday morning.
Out of 16, the National Hockey League ended up receiving two interested suitors and both have NHL rinks almost ready to rock.
Bill Foley’s group in Las Vegas, Black Knight Sports and entertainment, (I wonder what he wants to call the team), already has over 13,000 season ticket deposits.
In Quebec City, media company Quebecor has its new hockey palace (pictured) slated to open in the fall.
The price for a franchise starts at $500 million in USA currency, which is almost $650 million Canadian for the gang in la belle province.
It has been 20 years since the Nords dove down to Denver and won two Cups and Gary Bettman wants to beat the NBA to Sin City.
Although, there is no guarantee the league will accept these two bids.
I don’t think the NHL should be embarrassed by the weak turn out. There are three groups in Seattle trying to get their “S” and arena plans together. Who knows how many folks are vying to round up some loot and an arena near Toronto?
The league won’t ignore them.
Expect les Nordiques and the Black Knights to be skating in the 2017/2018 season.