Calgary Flames keeping a low profile on plans to replace Saddledome

The NHL team has examined several locations for a new facility throughout the city, according to sources, and has had architects draw up designs. There has been speculation the Flames are so far along in the process that they could conceivably leave the Scotiabank Saddledome and be in their new building before the Edmonton Oilers skate into their new $601-million arena and entertainment complex sometime in 2016. Ron MacLean of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada even said last weekend that the Flames will be unveiling their arena plans in the next “three to four months,” which further ignited excitement about the potential for new digs.

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Lockout cooled sales for Okotoks businesses

The NHL owners locked out their players in September and after more than 100 days the labour dispute ended on Jan. 6. As a result, either 48 or 50 game schedule is expected to begin in about 10 days.

Jordan Hick, general manager of Boston Pizza in Okotoks, can hardly wait.

He said he estimated the sports bar and restaurant has lost thousands of dollars every week as a result of the NHL lockout.

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Return of NHL hockey could give downtown arena deal ‘psychological’ push, councillor says

EDMONTON – The end of the NHL contract fight could help spark an agreement on building a downtown Edmonton arena, city councillors say.

“Not having a season really went against the idea of a new arena. Psychologically, this might get people excited again,” Coun. Tony Caterina said Monday.

“People will feel more excited about it because the game is on again. That will go a long way.”

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Staples: Edmonton’s volatile hockey market should shape arena deal

EDMONTON- In recent days and weeks, Oilers owner Daryl Katz or his employees have insulted their best customers to the core, making open threats to move the team to Seattle and thinly veiled ones to move the squad to Markham, Ont.

This comes in the wake of Katz’s surprise demand for a $6-million annual subsidy to run the new downtown arena, then his attempt to justify it with self-serving statements that are simply not true, namely Katz’s contention that Edmonton is one of the “smallest of small” NHL markets.


Public school considered at fieldhouse site

Just days after announcing it is opening an elite hockey training program the Foothills School Division is already considering a proposal to develop an elite school for lacrosse and soccer players.

During meetings between the MD of Foothills and the Foothills School Division (FSD) it was suggested a school could be built at the site where construction is underway on an indoor fieldhouse near Aldersyde.

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