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Toronto and Chicago, insistent that they’re the centres/centres of the NHL world

Some things never change. Ahead of the Board of Governors meetings, quite conveniently so, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president Tim Leiwicke made some rather heated comments suggesting that the Toronto Maple Leafs are slighted by the NHL on a regular basis, as the Toronto Sun's Mike Zeisberger noted in Twitter and now article form...

“Why there hasn’t been a Winter Classic in Canada is, in my opinion, a mistake and shows a lack of respect to this city...” Leiweke said.

In confirming his attempts to woo all these events to Toronto, Leiweke followed by perhaps making the boldest statement of many bold statements: The NHL would reach unparalleled heights if and when the Leafs compete for — and, in his mind, hopefully win — a Stanley Cup.

“As Toronto goes, so goes the (business) success of the National Hockey League. I firmly believe that,” Leiweke said. “If we could ever lift up that silver shiny thing, the impact we would have on this league would be phenomenal — like nothing we’ve ever seen before. No offence against New York. And no offence against L.A. (But) if the Maple Leafs play for the Stanley Cup, we are going to have 20 million people watching that game.”

Lewicke continued on Wednesday afternoon, and this morning, the Chicago Tribune's Chris Kuc reports that Chicago Blackhawks president John McDonough is trying to bend Gary Bettman's ear, too:

"John McDonough is in my ear all the time for anything," Bettman told the Tribune. "He's very passionate about doing as many things from a league perspective with the Blackhawks in Chicago as possible."

That includes the Hawks hosting the NHL All-Star Game or NHL draft. Chicago has not been the site for the All-Star Game since 1991 and never has been the location for the draft.

That could change if McDonough gets his wish.

"There's always the possibility," Bettman said. "We haven't focused on where we're going in the long term but obviously we know there are a lot of great fans in Chicago and the Blackhawks are part of the heart and soul of the city."

Kuc also continues...

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Well, apparently unfortunately for the league, the Leafs are a tire fire. They league doesn’t just hand the cup to someone, but if they did… I’m still not sure it would be the Leafs.

Posted by teldar on 06/26/14 at 07:48 AM ET

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If the Cawks were the center of the hockey world, it would mean that Canada and most of the NE US has fallen into the ocean.  And then they would still have to compete with Detroit and Minnesota.

When 90% of your city couldn’t name 3 players who have ever laced them up for your team, the center of the hockey world you are not.

Posted by Hootinani on 06/26/14 at 11:20 AM ET

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