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06-02-2013, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Llama19 View Post
So true...

To quote:

"When Colangelo was designing America West Arena, he wanted to build the most intimate arena in the NBA. He also wanted to keep his options open if the NHL desired a franchise in the desert. He called NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who told him there was no future for hockey in the desert. [emphasis mine]

"A couple of years later, I get call from Gary telling me that the team from Winnipeg wants to move to Phoenix and a couple of guys would like to meet with me," Colangelo said."

America West Arena broke ground in 1990 and opened in 1992. Bettman didn't become commissioner until 1993. I blame Bettman for a lot of things but I can't blame him for Colangelo not factoring in hockey when designing the arena.

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