Andrew Lopez loves hockey, which is why he is trying to get the NHL to consider expanding a second team into the Toronto Metropolitan area.
Seems feasible, as far as the city goes, as hard as Maple Leafs tickets are to come by (when they are good, or mediocre) – this might be a way for more people in Toronto get to see hockey. With a proposed 30,000 seat arena, with about half the seats selling for $50 – the league should be jumping at the chance to fill that arena every night.
But other than the city of Toronto, who benefits? There is already a grass roots effort to try and get the league to retract, with many hockey naturalists stating that the game is too watered down becuase of the number of professional teams. The recent surge of contract disputes with the KHL is only going to trim the talent pool down some more.
I think Toronto can support a second franchsie, maybe move the Coyotes there, or the Islanders can find a new home in a hockey market. As for expansion, I think the league is big enough, and trimming some of the fat might not be a bad idea either.
The worst part about the whole idea, well its Jersey Foul 101 as Puck Daddy might see it:
The proposed atrocious jerseys as seen in this picture of Andrew Lopenz, founder of the Toronto Legacy Group, and Herbert H. Carnegie. They look like something out of Slap Shot 3 or 4, or a charity hockey event – not an NHL, or even AHL franchise.