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Sundin, Sakic hope NHL returns to Quebec City

Nov 12, 2012, 5:23 PM EDT

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Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin might have taken different paths to the Hockey Hall of Fame, but had the same starting point.

From 1990-91 through 1993-94, Sundin and Sakic were two of the Quebec Nordiques’ best players. Then Quebec sent Sundin to the Toronto Maple Leafs and one season later, the team moved to Denver, Colorado.

Now the two are united in their desire to see Quebec City get another chance, like Winnipeg did when the Atlanta Thrashers became the second coming of the Winnipeg Jets.

“I don’t think you’re going to find anywhere where people are so passionate about the game,” said Sakic in a TSN report.

Sundin, who only played for Canadian teams during his NHL career, also sees the potential positives of an NHL return.

“In Canada, everywhere hockey has such support and Quebec City is no different,” he said. “Definitely there would be a lot of support.”

Quebec City is building a new NHL-worthy arena that is scheduled to be completed in 2015. Of course, that doesn’t guarantee that Quebec City will get a team, but they will probably be a candidate if a franchise relocates down the road.

  1. thailer35 - Nov 12, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    You mean “if a franchise relocates” and not “if a franchise relocate” right?

  2. blomfeld - Nov 12, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    “You see, the French simply haven’t the nature for war. Their Gallic laziness combines with their Latinate voluptuousness, with the result that they would rather eat and make love with their faces than fight” …

    “Trois acclamations” pour la Ville Québécoise !

    Despite me being an ardent and values-driven fan of the Los Angeles Kings for 39 years and the fact that my bloodlines have been antagonists with the French for centuries, I for one say “bring it on” in terms of NHL hockey returning to Quebec City ! It was an absolute “disgrace” and an utter “travesty” to have ever allowed the Nordiques to move in the first place. Quebec is not only the birthplace of Canada, it’s also the birthplace of ice hockey too. And not having a team in Quebec City makes about as much sense as not having a football team in Dallas or a baseball team in New York … it’s ignorant and it’s just plain wrong ! Therefore “no kidding” Quebec City should get an NHL team again soon ! In fact, I would argue that at least 3-4 “additional” NHL teams would be able to function “profitably” in La Belle Province today. And it could be done quite easily, through the simple relocation of sickly “sunbelt” franchises such as Tampa Bay and Dallas to “hockey mad” cities such as Trois-Rivieres and Saguenay. Anyway, I wish the best for the people of Quebec City ! And if I were one prone to making predictions and such, then I’d say it’s a “given” that these people will be getting an NHL team now soon enough !

    • paperkid96 - Nov 12, 2012 at 7:10 PM

      Who are you and what have you done to the real blomfeld?

      • blomfeld - Nov 12, 2012 at 7:43 PM

        Friend, there is only one Blomfeld and I am he …

  3. pkswally024 - Nov 12, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    How about we start out by hoping the NHL returns period

  4. paperkid96 - Nov 12, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Ha ha. I do agree that there is only one blomfeld.

    I would love to see Phoenix or Columbus move there. However, it would be a very small market (maybe the smallest) and run the same risk as before. I do think they would have a larger fan base to draw from than Columbus or Phoenix, despite being a small city.

    It might work out better this time since I don’t see our leaders focusing on strengthening the US Dollar.

    • blomfeld - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:14 AM

      Friend … your leaders are more inclined to weaken your dollar … which is offset by the Chinese who are more inclined to strengthen your dollar … :)

  5. soj83 - Nov 12, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    why would we NHL fans want a team in Quebec or Seattle or a second team in Toronto if we can have a team in Phoenix, Miami, Nashville, or Columbus.

    note the sarcasm

    • blomfeld - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:22 AM

      Friend … northward migration is now inevitable … and whether that happens willingly through “relocation” or unwillingly though “financial darkness” is neither here nor there … it is going to happen and I suspect that Bettman is now finally starting to realize that … after this CBA business is resolved, I predict that the Phoenix issue will be resolved “post haste” with a move to either Seattle, Quebec City or Ontario … :)

      • soj83 - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:45 AM

        here’s hoping you right…i hate to take away hockey from fans that like it (and there are quite a few fans in those cities i mentioned) but this is a business and the league has to realize that hockey markets are where we need teams…if NYC can have essentially 3 teams (NYR, NYI and NJD)…Toronto could easily have 2 teams (maybe even a 3rd) and Mon and Van could probably support and 2nd. But like i said, i hope you are right and you never know with Bettman as the final say.

  6. tmoore4075 - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    It just makes a lot of sense to go back there. You have one team for sure that should be moving…the Coyotes. Sorry to the fans out there but it’s been 3.5 years since the team went bankrupt and Jamison is now what the 3rd or 4th potential owner in that time frame? Go back to QC and the owners get relocation fee as well as the increase in revenue with a team there compared to Phoenix. There are a few other struggling franchises that could be moved but not sure the NHL would do it.

  7. mmchugh619 - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Quebec makes more sense then a team in Florida or Phoenix. It would make all the sense in the world for the NHL to relocate a team there, but since that is the case, don’t hold your breath. The NHL has made it clear that they aren’t in the business of doing things that make sense.

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