There are no good guys versus bad guys in the shooting match over the Phoenix Coyotes, according to the New York Times—even though the team's owner, or former owner, and one prospective owner appears to be gunning for the NHL.
Stu Hackel of the New York Times says that on one side, there’s a league that wants to protect its ability to run itself, on the other side there’s a singularly-minded billionaire man who has over 100,000 fans signed up to his "Make It Seven" website.
Jim Balsillie's online petition is all about getting a seventh NHL team for Canada, rather than for Ontario, southern Ontario, or Hamilton, Ontario.
Even so, it's time we compared Phoenix and Hamilton to see which city should get the NHL team called the Coyotes.
Phoenix is one of just 13 U.S. cities with teams from four major sports: the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL. They don't won't to lose membership in that exclusive club.
Hamilton is one of just eight Canadian cities with a CFL team. It is the home of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and also the Hamilton Bull-Dogs of the American Hockey League.
Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the United States with 1,552,259 people. And the Phoenix metropolitan area is the 12th largest metro area in the United States, with 4,281,899 people.
Hamilton has half a million people and is part of the Greater Golden Horseshoe area, with over six million people.
Phoenix is located in the Sonoran Desert and has the most extreme climate of any major city in the United States. The average summer-high temperature is among the hottest of any populated area in the United States and approaches those of cities such as Riyadh and Baghdad.
Hamilton is located in southern Ontario on the western end of the Niagara Peninsula and wraps around the western end of Lake Ontario. Hamilton is situated in the geographic centre of the Golden Horseshoe and is roughly the midway point between Toronto and Buffalo, NY.
It's major physical features are Hamilton Harbour, marking the northern limit of the city, and the Niagara Escarpment running through the middle of the city.
Phoenix has an arid climate with very hot summers and temperate winters. The average high temperatures are over 100 °F (38 °C) for almost five months out of the year, and have spiked over 120 °F (49 °C) on occasion.
Winter months are mild to warm, with daily high temperatures ranging from the mid-60's to low 70's and low temperatures rarely dip below 40 °F (4 °C).
On average, Phoenix has only five days per year, where the temperature drops to or below freezing.
Hamilton gets over sixty inches of snow per year, thirty inches of rain, an average low temperature of 2.9 or 37 and an average high of 12.3 or 54.
Phoenix is the home of Wayne Gretzky, who coaches of the Coyotes.
Hamilton is half an hour away from Gretzky's old hometown of Brantford. Balsillie says he will rename the Hamilton hockey rink after Wayne's father, Walter Gretzky.
Wayne Gretzky keeps a low profile in Phoenix. He is a national icon in Canada, and so is his father.
Phoenix hosts the Arizona Winter Festival with many outdoor equestrian events.
Hamilton hosts an annual Winterfest with skating, snowmobiling, and hockey. There are fifteen hockey rinks in and around Hamilton.
Phoenix is located in the US. In general, hockey is still relatively unpopular in the U.S, mainly being enjoyed in states such as Alaska, Minnesota, Michigan, New York, and Wisconsin.
Hamilton is located in Canada, which is a hockey-mad country.
Hockey is to Canada what baseball is to America.