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Seb 05-16-2008 02:24 PM

Jim Balsillie - Quebec should've its own NHL team
 
http://www.radio-canada.ca/sports/ho...vendredi.shtml

« Oui, je pourrais financer l'aréna, a ajouté le mécène. Le Canada est un pays prospère, les gens aiment le hockey. L'aréna serait rempli du jour au lendemain. »

Basically says he could finance a new arena.

Anyone good enough to translate the whole thing?

znk 05-16-2008 02:31 PM

should've what? ;)

Anyway...alot of things need to happen.

Mathieu21 05-16-2008 02:36 PM

He wants to bring a franchise in Hamilton. But if he does, Toronto would want one too. :sarcasm:

Seriously, I'd love to see it happen. I live in Quebec City. Hamilton isn't nearly as large of a market as here, which gives me hope. Winnipeg has the edge right now with its arena, but if Bals does want to finance one here, I'll be extremely happy.

Licou 05-16-2008 02:36 PM

That guy is a megalomaniac...

How much is that man worth anyway? No way in hell he can finance the build up of a franchise... I don't know... "Il est louche, selon moi"...

He wants to have a god like icon for a city in Canada... He wants to be the "hero" that brings a NHL franchise in a city.... I smell a glory ***** ....

Galchenyuk x 27 05-16-2008 02:37 PM

He's one of the biggest hockey promoters
He's tried to buy the Penguins, Predators and Sabres, each time he didnt try to hide his intent on moving the team to Hamilton.
He went to the World Championships for pleasure and love of the game. Quebec should get it's team back
He thinks Canada needs another team in the NHL. Canada can definatly support another team, theirs enough interest and fans. Weather he is involved or not, the country needs another team or 2.
Quebec would need a new arena to support a team.
He does have the money to finance a new rink, the arena would be filled day in and day out

Madevilz 05-16-2008 02:40 PM

lol he failed three times

mcphee 05-16-2008 02:40 PM

Like Bill Lee was in baseball, I think Mr. Balsilie is going to be black balled by the NHL board of governors. Not literally, as that would be rude, but I think he's burned some bridges.

Fido22 05-16-2008 02:41 PM

I'm warry of businessmen talking off the backhand of financing new NHL arenas in cities they have never before shown interest in.

I still don't quite size him.

AD 05-16-2008 02:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Licou (Post 14130351)
That guy is a megalomaniac...

How much is that man worth anyway? No way in hell he can finance the build up of a franchise... I don't know... "Il est louche, selon moi"...

His company is worth billions and he is personally worth hundreds of millions.

mcphee 05-16-2008 02:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AD (Post 14130424)
His company is worth billions and he is personally worth hundreds of millions.

but is he happy ?

AD 05-16-2008 02:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mcphee (Post 14130449)
but is he happy ?

No. No he is not.

blueberry 05-16-2008 02:45 PM

Man there is some poor english out there!

AD 05-16-2008 02:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blueberry (Post 14130463)
Man there is some poor english out there!

My mother calls the blackberry a blueberry.


Just though I'd tie this thread up.

mcphee 05-16-2008 02:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AD (Post 14130460)
No. No he is not.

Well, if I ever meet him, I'll be sure to tell him that I use his vinegar.

Fido22 05-16-2008 02:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AD (Post 14130424)
His company is worth billions and he is personally worth hundreds of millions.

1.6 billion in personal wealth, according to Forbes.

Quote:

Originally Posted by mcphee (Post 14130449)
but is he happy ?

Not until he gets an NHL team in Canada. Then, it will be something else. :)

Fido22 05-16-2008 02:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AD (Post 14130474)
My mother calls the blackberry a blueberry.


Just though I'd tie this thread up.

Interesting. My gf calls the blackberry a bellboy.

I still don't get it.

Squeaky 05-16-2008 02:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Licou (Post 14130351)
That guy is a megalomaniac...

How much is that man worth anyway? No way in hell he can finance the build up of a franchise... I don't know... "Il est louche, selon moi"...

He wants to have a god like icon for a city in Canada... He wants to be the "hero" that brings a NHL franchise in a city.... I smell a glory ***** ....

Geez, what'd the guy ever do to you? He's a Canadian billionaire who wants to relocate a franchise to Canada. What's so wrong with that?

znk 05-16-2008 02:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Squeaky (Post 14130570)
Geez, what'd the guy ever do to you? He's a Canadian billionaire who wants to relocate a franchise to Canada. What's so wrong with that?

He's not french. No wait....wrong debate. My bad.

mcphee 05-16-2008 02:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Squeaky (Post 14130570)
Geez, what'd the guy ever do to you? He's a Canadian billionaire who wants to relocate a franchise to Canada. What's so wrong with that?

We're Canadian, thus brought up to hate success.

znk 05-16-2008 02:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mcphee (Post 14130600)
We're Canadian, thus brought up to hate success.

That's why I resent you so much.

AD 05-16-2008 02:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by znk (Post 14130617)
That's why I resent you so much.

Yeah... but its also why we like you so much. :p:

znk 05-16-2008 03:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AD (Post 14130626)
Yeah... but its also why we like you so much. :p:

That hurt. I'm going to go take a nap.

sandman08 05-16-2008 03:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AD (Post 14130474)
My mother calls the blackberry a blueberry.


Just though I'd tie this thread up.

ive personally taken to calling them crackberries myself

crazyd 05-16-2008 03:29 PM

He opens the door to finance an arena...

...I don't care if he does it to be worshiped or not...

I will kiss his feet anytime, anywhere if it brings back hockey to my city!!!

If you where him, would you prefer Winnipeg over Québec?

And don't tell me it's not interesting to see George Gillette in the stands cheering and boosting his team...

C'mon having such devotion and heart in an investment his hard to come by.

These type of "windows of opportunity" can close pretty fast...I just hope that the right people heard his comment and have already picked up the phone...

Habbiebo0gie 05-16-2008 03:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sarto (Post 14130994)
He opens the door to finance an arena...

...I don't care if he does it to be worshiped or not...

I will kiss his feet anytime, anywhere if it brings back hockey to my city!!!

If you where him, would you prefer Winnipeg over Québec?

And don't tell me it's not interesting to see George Gillette in the stands cheering and boosting his team...

C'mon having such devotion and heart in an investment his hard to come by.

These type of "windows of opportunity" can close pretty fast...I just hope that the right people heard his comment and have already picked up the phone...

That would be sweet. Even though I will eventually grow to hate his team, just renewing a Quebec intra-province rivalry would be incredible.


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