Bob McKenzie Talks About An NHL Team In Saskatoon. Without Laughing.

I did not expect to read this today:

If the NHL is faced with relocating another franchise — those options may have to be legitimately explored in the coming weeks or months with regards to the long-term future of the Phoenix Coyotes — the most logical landing-spot candidates are Seattle, Quebec City, Kansas City and perhaps Las Vegas. But interested parties in Saskatoon have contacted the league and suggested there are individuals or parties in Saskatoon who would be willing to ante up the required purchase fee while various levels of government in Saskatchewan would make necessary arrangements to expand and make NHL-suitable the 15,800-seat Credit Union Centre.

Hmmm. Discuss.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

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8 thoughts on “Bob McKenzie Talks About An NHL Team In Saskatoon. Without Laughing.”

  1. We’re “booming”. I think it’d work. For a while. It’s just a matter of providing some adequate housing for the athletes. Would they even want to play here, though?

  2. The more I think about this, the more I think it is a wacky idea. It could work in some scenarios I guess, but what kind of owner would take that kind of risk?

    I certainly wouldn’t want my tax dollars chasing this kind of dream to any significant extent.

  3. It’s not a crazy ideas. SK Riders games sell out consistently in a 30k seat venue. I am sure we could fill a 15,800 seater for a few hockey games. Half the leagues top skaters come from Porcupine Plain afterall. We’re hockey crazy.

  4. People, its not going to work. Yes we attract huge crowds at Rider games, but there are what, 10 home games each year? An NHL team has 41. 41 home games! We cannot expect a city with 230,000 people, and a province with just over a million people to consistantly sell out home games, there just isnt a big enough fan base.

  5. People, its not going to work. Yes we attract huge crowds at Rider games, but there are what, 10 home games each year? An NHL team has 41. 41 home games! We cannot expect a city with 230,000 people, and a province with just over a million people to consistantly sell out home games, there just isnt a big enough fan base.

  6. I’ve always wondered why — instead of trying for their own NHL team — Saskatoon doesn’t present itself as a “home away from home” for some NHL team. What if Phoenix arranged with NHL schedulers to have two five-game home stands in Saskatoon, preferably against Canadian same-conference teams like Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver? Call their third jerseys “Saskatchewan Coyotes” jerseys and do them up in green and white. Suddenly, they get 10 guaranteed sell-out home games without all the downsides of a permanent move. They would also marginally improve NHL interest in Saskatchewan and probably sell more jerseys here.

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