Thursday, May 26, 2011

No subsidy for AHL team in St. John's

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- The Newfoundland and Labrador government says it will not provide a subsidy to help bring a professional hockey team to the provincial capital.

Tourism Minister Terry French says now is not the right time to make a financial commitment to such a venture.

French made the comment today in the wake of reports that indicated a potential professional hockey team for St. John's may depend on an annual subsidy from taxpayers.

Former premier Danny Williams, who has been involved in talks on a proposed deal for an American Hockey League team, said in a statement to NTV News that he was "deeply disappointed" with the government's decision.

Williams said a subsidy was a "critical part" of bringing a team to St. John's.
He has said any potential deal was also contingent on an NHL team moving to Winnipeg, according to local media reports.

-- The Canadian Press


Uh oh. Things suddenly look grim for St. John's AHL again. :S Oh well. Easy come, easy go.


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