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Nenshi: Calgary hub city talks held with NHL

The Scotiabank Saddledome wont be seeing any NHL action as the NHL announced their return to play plan in Calgary on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia
The Scotiabank Saddledome wont be seeing any NHL action as the NHL announced their return to play plan in Calgary on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia

The National Hockey League’s ‘Return to Play’ plan will not involve Calgary, the Scotiabank Saddledome or any of the hotels and surrounding businesses.

But on a media call Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Naheed Nenshi said there were talks, albeit briefly, of the city being thrown into the mix of hub locations that were announced by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, along with the league’s strategy to resume playing.

“While we did have, as a city, some initial conversations with the NHL as Calgary as a potential hub, we just didn’t have the partnership desire to do that within Calgary,” Nenshi said. “Which, in my opinion, is too bad. It would have been nice to be able to have some of that here. If it ends up in Edmonton, I will uncharacteristically say that it’s still good for Alberta.”

Edmonton is among the list of potential hub cities. Within the next few weeks, two locations will be selected out of 10 possibilities. which also include Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Vancouver.

Twenty-four of the NHL’s 31 teams will compete in seeding round robins, a qualifying round, and conference-based Stanley Cup playoffs.

Dates, timing and sites will be determined in the future and are dependent on COVID-19 conditions, testing ability and government regulations.

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