Jim Balsillie statement on NHL in Hamilton



    HAMILTON, ON, May 13 /CNW/ - Jim Balsillie issued the following statement
today:

    Mayor Eisenberger and Council,

    I'm writing to you about my longstanding commitment to bringing an NHL
franchise to Hamilton.
    Hamilton has always been and remains now my first choice for locating a
potential seventh NHL franchise in Canada. I am not considering any other site
locations at this time.
    Our commitment is to bring the NHL to Hamilton and to draw to Hamilton
thousands of supportive Southern Ontario hockey fans, in the best un-served
hockey market in the world.
    We think it's good for Hamilton's local economy, good for the NHL, and
the best location for this proposed franchise. But most importantly we think
this would be great for the Hamilton community, for a wide range of
businesses, organizations and important causes that would be supported and
stimulated by an NHL franchise in Hamilton. That has always been my view.
    We look forward to Hamilton City Council passing a motion tonight at its
Council meeting to approve an option for a 20-year lease at Copps Coliseum. It
would mark the beginning of a strong and lasting partnership with the City to
bring the NHL to Hamilton.





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