Paul Kelly, the executive director of the NHLPA, was a guest on Hockeycentral at Noon and he was candid in his belief that the league should place another franchise in Southern Ontario.
“It’s a no-brainer to consider the placement of another team here either in Toronto or in Southern Ontario,” Kelly said. There is unparalleled interest here. There’s no question it would draw well.”
Kelly said although there has been no formal request to Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment about the placement of another team in the Toronto market, he’s not certain the Maple Leafs ownership group would get in the way of another franchise.
Kelly does believe the Leafs would prefer to see a rival franchise play out of the Air Canada Centre rather than seeing another arena built somewhere north of the city.
“If you were going to put a second team in Toronto the Leafs would rather see them in the Air Canada Centre rather than build another arena north of the city.”
Kelly explained that the team would rather not see another concert venue built in the city.