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Houston Showing Interest In The NHL

from Jack Witthaus of Houston Business Journal,

Billionaire Tilman Fertitta, the new owner of the Houston Rockets, didn’t rule out a National Hockey League franchise for Houston during his first press conference Oct. 10 at the Toyota Center after acquiring the team for $2.2 billion.

It would be the second NHL franchise in Texas behind the Dallas Stars.

“Do I want to see Toyota Center filled up 300 nights a year? Definitely.” Fertitta said. "I would put an NHL team here tomorrow (but it has to make sense)."

NHL executive Larry Tanenbaum is “very excited” to meet with Fertitta, Rockets CEO Tad Brown said at the press conference. Houston and the NHL have discussed deals in the past to bring a team to the Bayou City but nothing has worked out, Brown said. 


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Primis's avatar

The hold up with Houston in the past was the NHL didn’t want to deal with the previous Rockets ownership, and there was a written deal that any NHL team in the market would be owned by the Rockets ownership.

I’m to assume then that with the sale of the team, the NHL is much warmer towards the new ownership?

Houston should have gotten an NHL team long, long before Vegas.

Posted by Primis on 10/10/17 at 07:38 PM ET


If the money is there, the NHL will come. It’s all they care about.

At least the potential owner has the right mindset. It will take a generation to build a solid fan base.

Posted by evileye on 10/11/17 at 09:24 AM ET

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