NHL Back in Quebec? Nordique Bid Exemplifies Foolishness

October 3rd, 2010 by Steve Thompson Leave a reply »
An impressive crowd estimated between 75,000 and 100,000—almost double the number expected—gathered on Quebec City's infamous Plains of Abraham for a new battle, 251 years after the famous 1759 one, this time with the Canadian federal government and the NHL.

Quebec mayor, Regis Labeaume, has staked his political career on getting Quebec back into the NHL, complete with new $400 million arena, which the NHL has stated is a prerequisite before considering a return.

So, to give an idea of the public support for such a project to both the federal government and the NHL, he staged a massive rally on the former battle site, hoping to put pressure on the federal powers that be to become sugar daddies in Quebec once more.

He trotted out all the great Nordique players from the past, including the three Stastny brothers, flown in directly from Europe.

Naturally, federal separatist leader, Gilles Duceppe of the Bloc Quebecois, was in the crowd, more interested in turning the federal government into the usual villain in Quebec and increasing separatist tendencies than in the return of any hockey team.

It was an impressive ...

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