City councillor makes pitch for NHL exhibition game

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Cornwall native Adam McQuaid, left, congratulates Boston Bruins teammate and fellow defenceman Andrew Ference after he scored during an NHL game in Montreal. A Charlottetown city councillor says the city should try to host an NHL exhibition game.

The City of Charlottetown says it will simply cost too much to host an NHL exhibition game.

Coun. Danny Redmond wants to see proof.

For the past two years the city has hosted a portion of the Dallas Stars’ training camp.

Redmond said it would be great to see Island NHLers like Adam McQuaid, Brad Richards or Mark Flood in an actual exhibition game.

“I would dare say we should be researching this with Summerside,’’ Redmond said. “What would it take? If you’re saying we can’t, explain to me why we can’t.’’






Organizations: NHL, Dallas Stars

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • Hockey Schmockey
    November 28, 2011 - 09:56

    Why is Councillor Redmond so concerned with the people of Charlottetown having the opportunity to see millionaires skate around our rinks with nothing at stake. Is it not enough to watch the future stars of the league at Rocket games? Does the city need to spend the time, effort and tax payer money to "entertain" us for two hours? Surely there are other city priorities, that are actually important and within his mandate, on which Councillor Redmond can concentrate his efforts. And if he insists on pursuing this, who is the "we" he refers to when he says, "we should be researching this". Don't you mean YOU should be researching this, if you really think it's so important. Look forward to the results of your research Mr. Redmond.

  • my money
    November 28, 2011 - 06:27

    might I suggest that rather than giving a few people the thrill of seeing local boys made good play a meaningless game, the City should perhaps fix the sewage problem? Brad, Adam and Mark could play a charity game if that would make Danny feel better.

  • Jimmy
    November 27, 2011 - 16:55

    Summerside has the reputation of foolishly throwing money around

  • Lloyd
    November 27, 2011 - 16:11

    Another counciller with taxpayer,s money to burn. If you are so anxious to see an NHL player in action buy a ticket in Toronto montreal etc. You guys are too quick to waste other people,s money.

  • From St Stephen
    November 27, 2011 - 15:32

    Would be nice and should not be impossible. I remember when Forbie and the Philly Flyers had a game at The Form .

  • Cece Childes
    November 27, 2011 - 15:28

    Hey, last fall in Halifax, I won an NHL Boston Bruins Jacket in a Contest Draw at a Halifax Bar-Bowling Alley, for whatever Big business Brewery produces CANADIAN Beer sponsoring the NHL Boston Bruins Exhibition Game. WHICH Big business Brewery, Land Developer/NHL-CFL-Cable Investors is the Councillor Redmond in negotiations with? That's the ONLY way a small City, in the smallest & desperatly poor Province in Canada could afford it. Without that backing, To even entertain this idea is . . . BS . . . it's IMO - ignorant, apathetic to the Needs of ALL people of Ch'town. Ridiculous. Danny Redmond, with "official" Winter upon us in 3 weeks time, Council's 1st Priority should be ASAP Focused on assisting to provide A Shelter - Shelters for Homeless - Houseless PEOPLE. YOU were voted By THE PEOPLE to SERVE ALL The People of This City. Get those Land Developer-Investor's Regis and Kelly stars out of your eyes and get down to working on behalf of ALL The People of Charlottetown or spit out Who You've been negotiating with and for how much $ ? Common Sense, Good Business Sense Councillor Redmond ought to tell you Why THIS City, This Province is UNABLE to afford This waste of money . It's Already Been Done in Halifax Just A Few Short Months Ago ! FYI - There are far important priorities such as, - Number ONE - getting Human Beings forced to Try to survive on the trechorous, dangerous, freezing cold, snow filled streets and roads and alleys of Charlottetown, all over PEI into Housing. FIRST. A Shelter - THEN, into permanent housing. Councillor REDMOND, - What would it take? If You’re saying we can’t, explain to me, to Us why You, WHY Council can’t. do that?’’ P.S - I'm donating the Promo Boston Bruins jacket sponsored by CANADIAN Beer, from the very recent Halifax NHL Exhibition Game to an Out of Province Teenager whose family have hit hard times. Just one of the gifts I'm personally gifting to people I know are struggling. What are You doing in the Spirit of Christ mas Giving Mr. Redmond? THINK about it.

  • Rob Mac
    November 27, 2011 - 14:11

    Might have been more of a possibility if the Mayor did not publicly tell Dallas not come back next year.