BOO FOR BETTMAN

Winnipeg Sun - - COMMENT -

The hoopla con­cern­ing Ve­gas’ first-ever NHL home game is fi­nally over. Re­gret­tably, smug NHL boss Gary Bettman has suc­ceeded again in his cru­sade to grow hockey in the swel­ter­ing south. What about the poor fans in Quebec City? Their Nordiques were moved to Colorado in 1995 — soon af­ter Bettman be­came com­mis­sioner. In 2016, Las Ve­gas was awarded an NHL team while Quebec wasn’t, one of the main rea­sons be­ing given was the weak Cana­dian dol­lar. That’s in­ter­est­ing — the seven Cana­dian NHL teams are all pros­per­ing de­spite the dol­lar. Al­most all hockey fans know that Quebec City is much more suited to hav­ing a team than hu­mid Las Ve­gas. I can fully sym­pa­thize with the peo­ple of Las Ve­gas af­ter the re­cent tragedy there — but still, it is not right that they have an NHL team while the fans in Quebec City do not! Un­for­tu­nately, it seems that Mr. Bettman has no in­ter­est in grow­ing the game in Quebec City or Canada — the birth­place of hockey — which is a shame.

BOB NOR­RIS With no dis­re­spect to Las Ve­gas Quebec City de­serves a team

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