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Return of the Nordiques: the NHL says no to Quebec for now

Despite a cordial meeting with the Legault government, the National Hockey League (LNH) has decided: it has no interest in a new Quebec Nordiques franchise … for the moment.

“The NHL greatly appreciated our approach and indicated that it is not currently in a position to respond positively to our interest,” Finance Minister Éric Girard said on Twitter, following a one-hour virtual meeting with the commissioner. of the NHL Gary Bettman and his deputy Bill Daly.

The minister says he has expressed his government’s interest in an NHL franchise in Quebec and demonstrated that it would be an important asset for the league.

“We agreed to stay in touch and keep the communication channels open,” he wrote.

NHL reacts

In a joint statement, Commissioner Gary Bettman and his deputy Bill Daly said they were “flattered” by the interest shown by Quebec, “but that they were not aware of an opportunity that could meet this interest in the moment “.

“We had a cordial meeting with Messrs Girard and Côté this morning, during which they once again expressed Quebec’s passion for hockey and Quebec City’s deep interest in the return of the NHL,” said they let it know.

“We appreciate that the lines of communication between the two parties have been refreshed,” they added, “and we have agreed to stay in touch if circumstances change.” ”