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  • #16
    Nordiques closer to reality as NHL invites Quebecor to Phase III of expansion process

    Quebec City is one step closer to having its beloved Nordiques back.

    Quebecor announced Friday that the NHL has retained the group’s candidacy for Phase III of the expansion process. The Quebec-based telecom giant said they will be entering the third stage with the goal of, “bring(ing) the Nordiques back to Quebec.”

    The third phase, according to The Associated Press, includes reviewing the business plan for the potential expansion franchise and being given revenue projections for what would be the new Nordiques.

    The same source told The Associated Press’ John Wawrow that the expansion franchise could be awarded as soon as September if all goes well for Quebecor.

    According to Yahoo!’s Joshua Cooper, the Las Vegas expansion bid has also moved on to Phase III.

    It has been little more than two weeks since both Quebec City and Las Vegas were approved for the second phase of the expansion process, which included providing information about the markets in both cities. In addition, both potential expansion groups were provided additional information about the expansion process by the league.

    Quebec City and Las Vegas were the only teams to submit bids to participate in the NHL’s expansion process, even though bids were expected to potentially come from groups in Seattle and the Greater Toronto Area. Both Quebecor and the Las Vegas group submitted $10 million application fees to go along with their bids, with $2 million of the application fee being non-refundable.

    (Ed. Note: Quebecor owns the subsidiary which owns The Hockey News.)
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    • #17
      Canadiens, Bruins to play pre-season game in Quebec City

      By: Jared Clinton on May 10, 2016

      Videotron Centre (Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

      There’s not yet any official word on whether or not an expansion team will be granted to Quebec City for the 2017-18 season, but NHL hockey will be played at the Videotron Centre as early as next season.

      The Montreal Canadiens announced Tuesday that they will head to Quebec City on Oct. 4 for a pre-season game against the Boston Bruins. The contest will mark the second-consecutive season the Habs have hosted an exhibition game at the Quebec City arena, and the seventh such time since the 2009-10 season. It’s become a pre-season tradition for the Canadiens to head to Quebec City for at least one game of their exhibition schedule. However, that tradition could be coming to a close and the October 2016 pre-season contest could potentially be the final time the Canadiens are the home side at a game played in Quebec City.

      If the NHL decides to expand to Quebec’s capital, the Videotron Centre will become the home of the new Canadian franchise and a place where the Canadiens are one of the most despised visiting teams.

      A window into what could be awaiting the Canadiens should Quebec City get a team — the new Nordiques, as the potential team has been referred to — was opened during the pre-season of the current campaign when the Canadiens played the first ever NHL contest at the Videotron Centre against the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins. During that game, the Canadiens were both booed and cheered, likely as fans warmed up their vocal cords for the potential return of a team of their own.

      Canadiens centre David Desharnais, 29, told the Montreal Gazette’s Pat Hickey that the boos could have been expected. Desharnais told Hickey he remembered his “father would get into arguments with some family members who were Nordiques fans. He was always for the Canadiens.”

      The pre-season game will almost assuredly be a sellout. Last season’s exhibition contest had a capacity crowd of more than 18,000.
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