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Group wants 2nd NHL team in GTA


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Group wants 2nd NHL team in GTA

Jun 04, 2009 11:49 AM

Kevin McGran

SPORTS REPORTER

A new group has emerged with a plan to put a second National Hockey League team in the Greater Toronto Area.

This group ? which claims to have $1 billion in financing and would donate a portion of the team's profits to charity ? will announce details of its vision for an NHL expansion franchise tomorrow in Toronto.

The trio speaking at that event include Herbert Carnegie, 89, an Order of Canada recipient and described in a biography on the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame Web site as "one of the best ever players to never play pro-league hockey."

The three will unveil how the team will honour "Canadian heroes while supporting cancer research, national scholarships and children's charities."

The group will talk about its financing, donations, an economic impact review and also unveil the name of a team, arena, jersey, site plan and architect renderings.

The biography of Carnegie says the son of Jamaican immigrants to Canada starred in Quebec senior hockey leagues in the 1940s and '50s where he was MVP for three consecutive years.

He went on to establish the Future Aces Hockey School for kids aged 12-14 - the first of its kind in Ontario. The hockey school led to the Future Aces Foundation which provided 25 annual bursaries to young people, enabling them to pursue post-secondary education.

In 2003, he was named a Member, Order of Canada and in 2005 North York Centennial Arena was renamed the Herbert H. Carnegie Centennial Centre in honour of his community activities.

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http://www.thestar.com/sports/article/645491

To make a long story short, Herb Carnegie was one of the best ever players to never play pro-league hockey because there were no black players allowed in the NHL during the 1940s and 1950s.

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will never happen with bettman in charge. we'll see teams in japan and mexico city before canada if he stays, but at least the 6 teams we have can support the new ones that will fail!

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