Survey Finds Strong Public Support for New NHL Team in Southern Ontario

    TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ - A survey of Southern Ontario residents conducted
over the weekend shows 69 percent support the addition of a new NHL franchise
to the region (the number rises to 77% among males). The majority (67%) are
also calling for existing Canadian NHL teams to endorse the idea and set aside
their concerns about competition. The survey was sponsored by Environics
Communications and released to the public.
    "The public is calling for a coalition of Canadian interests ahead of
competitive interests," said Bruce MacLellan, President of Environics
Communications. "The challenge is for aspiring franchise owners to translate
the support of Ontario's 13 million citizens into the votes of 30 governors
and owners. The forum is going to shift from the court of public opinion or
court of law to the court of decision."
    Almost a majority said the Government of Canada should intervene in
support of another southern Ontario franchise as an economic stimulus (47%
versus 39%).
    The survey of 200 southern Ontario residents was conducted by Research
House between May 9 and May 11.

    About Environics Communications

    Founded in 1994 and now with over 90 staff in the United States and
Canada and annual fee income of more than $13 million, Environics
Communications Inc. ( is a full-service, management-owned
public relations agency focusing primarily on the advanced technology,
financial services, health sciences, association/non-profit, consumer, and
sustainability and clean energy sectors. Ranked No. 2 on the list of the 75
Best Workplaces in Canada for 2009, the firm has also won more than 135 awards
for client work. Environics has a strong commitment to reducing environmental
impact and in June 2008 became the first North American PR agency to be carbon
neutral. The firm's offices are located in Montréal, Toronto, Metro New York
and Washington, D.C.

    Survey Methodology

    This report presents the findings of a telephone survey conducted among a
random sample of 250 adults comprising 125 males and 125 females 18 years of
age and older, living in Ontario. The margin of error for a sample of this
size is +/- 6.20%, 19 times out of 20. Interviewing for this Research House
National Telephone Omnibus Survey was completed during the period: May 8 - 10,
2009. Data collection was conducted from our central location dialing
facilities in Toronto, Ontario.

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