by Patrick Hoffman on 05/11/09 at 05:45 PM ET
From the Canadian Press via TSN.ca:
A new poll suggests almost two-thirds of Canadians believe Canada could support a seventh NHL team, but most doubt Jim Balsillie’s attempt to bring the Phoenix Coyotes to Southern Ontario will succeed.
Nationally, 63 per cent of respondents to The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey said another NHL team could thrive in Canada, while 19 per cent disagreed.
The confidence was widespread—77 per cent of respondents in Alberta, 73 per cent in British Columbia and 66 per cent in Ontario thought Canadians could support another NHL franchise.
But most respondents also said the Blackberry wizard’s attempt to buy the bankrupt Coyotes won’t fly.
Overall, 41 per cent said it was unlikely Balsillie’s bid, now before a U.S. court, would succeed, while one in three (34 per cent) said it was likely Balsillie would be successful.
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