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Southern Ontario might get an NHL-ready arena (even if NHL isn’t ready)

Nov 22, 2011, 8:17 PM EDT

Most cities/regions don’t build a professional sports-friendly arena for the sake of bringing in more concerts, the circus and Disney on Ice. Yet TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that two wealthy Canadians are spearheading a move to bring a 19,500-seat building to southern Ontario under the supposed plan that it wouldn’t need an NHL team to succeed.

Maybe that’s true, but McKenzie reports that Markham, Ontario hopes to develop the type of complex that would resemble the area around the Staples Center in Los Angeles, so it’s hard to believe that getting an NHL team isn’t part of the plan.

Even with the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars getting ownership situations straightened out, the league has its fair share of struggling franchises, so the dream of getting a team in Markham doesn’t sound all that crazy. They’ll just have to keep their boldest thoughts to themselves, for now.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    I’d love to see a team in Markham but I’m sure Gary is still reeling over letting an American team move up here. As long as he somehow has his job there won’t be another team in Canada. He can let 2 lockouts happen on his watch but letting 2 teams move to Canada would be a tragedy in the eyes of that little weasel

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 22, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    Hmm. Interesting….what team will move north of the boarder?

  3. rainyday56 - Nov 23, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Teachers pension plan unloading MLSE ’cause they can’t trust the NHL not to ditch a “wheelless hulk” franchise in their back yard. Plus they are exposed to the NBA – talk about a rock around your neck.

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