When the NHL officially announced that Las Vegas would be getting a new franchise, residents of Quebec City felt like they had received the short-end of the stick. Quebec, as well as Las Vegas, had followed the process to enter a bid for an expansion team, but while Las Vegas is set to draft an expansion team in the near-future, Quebec City’s future is still uncertain. Despite the uncertainty, however, NHL expansion in Quebec City is still a desirable possibility, according to Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly:
— theScore NHL (@theScoreNHL) September 9, 2016
When asked about expansion in Quebec City, Daly stated:
I wish I knew,
I can’t give you that answer. I was actually asked at customs today whether I was coming to announce the Nordiques coming back. I said, ‘Not today.’ But hopefully at some point in my career. – Bill Daly
For those waiting anxiously for the return of a franchise to Quebec, Daly went on to add that the City has done a good job of quickening the process; namely by building the new Videotron Centre.
“I think it’s a first-rate NHL arena,” Daly said while visiting for the World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament games. “It would be fantastic for an NHL team.”
While expansion into Quebec City in the near future may not be a given, it’s certainly still in consideration. The process is ongoing, and there are a lot of moving pieces. At the very least, Bill Daly has provided some hope for those in Quebec waiting for the return of their team in the near future.
Brandon Share-Cohen has covered the NHL and various professional sports for six years. Working with The Hockey Writers, Brandon works extensively on covering the Boston Bruins in addition to his role as the News Team Lead.