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PHT Morning Skate: Where Virginia Beach wants an NHL or NBA team

Aug 29, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Virginia Beach economic development officials recently unveiled a plan to build an arena for $350 million in the hopes of attracting an NHL or NBA team. (Washington Times)

Capitals defenseman John Carlson is still a restricted free agent, but he’s not worried and based on his statement, he currently has no desire to play for any other club team. (Washington Post)

While we’re on the subject of RFAs, the Montreal Canadiens still need to ink PK Subban. (Montreal Gazette)

Hayley Wickenheiser and Angela Ruggiero are the first female hockey players to be included in EA Sports’ NHL series. (

Even though a Canadian team hasn’t won the Stanley Cup since 1993, the sheer number of Canadians in the league ensures that the Cup spends plenty of time in Canada during the summer months. (LA Times)

Loui Eriksson is getting ready for the 2012-13 campaign after an “ideal summer.” (

  1. polegojim - Aug 29, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    I vote we give them the Coyotes and finally put that issue to bed!

    But what would they be called – The ‘Virginia Beach Golfers’?
    Logo – Titleist V1 with skates? Sand Trap with Teeth? Golf Tee with a Fin?

    All tongue in cheek… ; )

    But seriously folks – b4 the deal is done, I want to see the players put up their share of the 350 million.
    Draft picks and Vets alike. Maybe this is the players chance to ‘be the owners’ and show the rest how they feel it should be done.

  2. jpelle82 - Aug 29, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    i would find it surprising to hear there would be enough fan support to justify an nhl team…nba maybe so but not nhl. the demographic there is not that nhl friendly IMO. you have a lot of transient military folks w/ norfolk naval, oceana, yorktown, eustis, and many other smaller bases. the locals are more concerned with nascar out in chesapeake and into north carolina…and then you have your “urban” natives who would probably prefer a basketball team. i could see folks from richmond being loyal instead of having to trek 2 hrs to DC to see caps games but i really dont see any better of a situation than what they had in phoenix (and there’s more canadians in phoenix than virginia i can gaurantee that too).

  3. phipfwe76 - Aug 29, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Maybe if the AHL team in the area actually packed the stands I’d consider it. But they don’t so….. move along.

    • jpelle82 - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      no kidding…i’ve lived in va for 25 years and really miss the richmond renegades. norfolk is a joke and too far to make the drive worth it.

  4. AlohaMrHand - Aug 29, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    The Virginia Slims.As in Slim chance they’ll be getting any NBA or NHL team

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