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03-11-2010, 01:44 PM
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Leafs want to host the 2011 NHL draft and either the 2012 or 2013 all-star game

http://www.torontosun.com/sports/hoc.../13195196.html

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Ten years after they hosted a successful NHL all-star game - and floated the idea of making Toronto its permanent home - the Maple Leafs are re-launching a strong bid.

The Leafs hope to land either the 2012 or 2013 all-star weekend for the Air Canada Centre, with 2014 up in the air because of the NHL’s uncertainty with going to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

“We’ve developed a very strong proposal that reflects making this NHL weekend event into the ultimate sports experience, and we’re confident that hockey fans and Torontonians share our desire,” Bob Hunter, executive vice-president of venues for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd, said in a release on Thursday. “An important aspect of our bid is creating a legacy that continues to support the growth of hockey in our city for generations to come.”

That would include upgrading more local rinks, on top of the $1.2 million MLSEL committed thus far for 13 facilities.

Hunter also pointed out the tourist boom that hosting the game and the festivities would provide, with estimates of generating around $100 million. The ACC itself has undergone millions of dollars in renovations since 2000.

The NHL is expected to announce the host cities of the 2012 and 2013 games in a couple of months. The Leafs are also bidding for the 2011 draft and want consideration to host the 2012 Winter Classic at BMO Field.

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It might be a good idea to save the oppurtunity to host the draft for a year where you have your first round pick.

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I'd rather host the draft on a year that we have a first round pick. Hosting the Winter Classic would be awesome though.

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It might be a good idea to save the oppurtunity to host the draft for a year where you have your first round pick.

Lol beat me to it...

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Lol beat me to it...
hehehe .

I didn't think I would be the only one thinking along those lines lol

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Bettman: I would like to welcome you to the 2011 Draft here in Toronto.
Fans:Booooooooooooooooooooo
Bettman: With the 1st overall pick with Toronto's pick, the Boston Bruins


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Their booklet:

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/fd2389fd

I should mention that Toronto FC has a bid to host the MLS Cup game in 2011 I believe. Their bid also has a similar brochure.

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Why you say ? Simple really !!!

Because its a money grab opportunity for MLSE BOG to open the doors of the ACC for other events to help compensate for all these lost years of revenue due to non playoff hockey seasons.

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It might be a good idea to save the oppurtunity to host the draft for a year where you have your first round pick.
Yea, especially when there's a good chance your first round pick will end up being a lottery pick again. It would just be a slap in the face to the fans.

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Why you say ? Simple really !!!

Because its a money grab opportunity for MLSE BOG to open the doors of the ACC for other events to help compensate for all these lost years of revenue due to non playoff hockey seasons.
No way !! I don't believe it !

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Bettman: I would like to welcome you to the 2011 Draft here in Toronto.
Fans:Booooooooooooooooooooo
Bettman: With the 1st overall pick with Toronto's pick, the Boston Bruins

More like 30th pick

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It might be a good idea to save the oppurtunity to host the draft for a year where you have your first round pick.
agreed. ( what is MLSE thinking? on top of that, the 2011 draft is supposed to suck with no superstars) I much rather have a winter classic then the draft+nhl all star game, but the winter classic wont come to canada for a while because the nhl uses the winter classic to improve the fan base of hockey in america.

Especially since canada is a winter country, it kind off sucks that we wont get to host the winter classic for a while.

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Bettman: I would like to welcome you to the 2011 Draft here in Toronto.
Fans:Booooooooooooooooooooo
Bettman: With the 1st overall pick with Toronto's pick, the Boston Bruins

lol

" the first overall pick in the 2011 nhl entry draft is toronto's pick. The boston bruins step up to make there pick"

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Why can't there be more than one Winter Classic a year? I thought the league had been talking to Calgary about hosting a second one on New Year's Day too.

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Yeah I think getting the 2011 draft won't go to Toronto. Sure it's the NHL but even they wouldn't put the draft into a city that doesn't have a first round pick....probably.

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"blah blah blah blah...thank you all for coming and enjoy the draft. The Boston Bruins will have the first pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft...via Toronto".

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I'd rather host the draft on a year that we have a first round pick. Hosting the Winter Classic would be awesome though.
Pretty much going to be the consensus regarding the draft. As for the WC, it would be nice, but the NHL won't let it come to Canada given the success it's having in the States and the need to promote the game. Plus, they wouldn't put it in a venue where there's less seats available than spectators at a Thrashers game. There's just no way anyone would be happy with that in the business end.

Our best chance to host a Winter Classic is if we land an NFL team. That way, we'd likely have an outdoor stadium built for that team, which would allow for a legit outdoor game of hockey.

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Why you say ? Simple really !!!

Because its a money grab opportunity for MLSE BOG to open the doors of the ACC for other events to help compensate for all these lost years of revenue due to non playoff hockey seasons.
Stupid MLSE, why would a business try and make money? Sounds like the major focus is the ASG not the draft.

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do it all in a few years for our 100 year anniversary.

I do not want to see Boston draft Taylor Hall first Over All with our pick, in our city.

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do it all in a few years for our 100 year anniversary.

I do not want to see Boston draft Taylor Hall first Over All with our pick, in our city.
no this years draft cowboy, nexts years draft. The one with no super stars. Should be fun to watch.

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do it all in a few years for our 100 year anniversary.

I do not want to see Boston draft Taylor Hall first Over All with our pick, in our city.
dont worry, if that happens its in LA. This is for next year.

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Yea, especially when there's a good chance your first round pick will end up being a lottery pick again. It would just be a slap in the face to the fans.
I have faith in Burke that it won't be the case next season.

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I'd rather wait for 2012. Nevermind the fact it's suppose to be a really weak draft year so the excitment already won't be great.

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they should worry about making the team better...than about allstar game....
just wrong...the worst team that i can remenber and they want to host the allstar game


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Sure, let's rub the draft in our faces again.

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