Twenty Years For Balsillie And Hamilton Coyotes

Martin AverySenior Writer IMay 14, 2009

DETROIT - OCTOBER 14:  A likeness of a tiger is seen on the top of the scoreboard during Game Four of the American League Championship Series between the Detroit Tigers and the Oakland Athletics October 14, 2006 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The mayor of Hamilton says he will give Jim Balsillie a twenty year lease if he can bring the Phoenix coyotes to Copps Coliseum. Hamilton mayor Fred Eisenberger also said he would not even talk to other groups that plan to get an NHL franchise for Hamilton until it's determined if Balsillie's deal with Phoenix is dead or alive.

It's clear the mayor, the people of Hamilton, southern Ontario, and Canada want a seventh NHL franchise north of the border in the very near future. Balsillie is seen as the one who can make it happen.

The big to buy the bankrupt Coyotes, if that is what they are, has brought a lot of attention to Balsillie and his company, Research In Motion, makers of the popular BlackBerry.

A poll in the Hamilton Spectator has alread re-neamed the team the Hamilton Tigers. The Ontario city is the home of the Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League and had an NHL team in the Twenties called the Tigers.

It was the Hamilton Tigers that inspired the NHL's success in the USA, as they were moved to New York City and renamed the Rangers.

The Coyotes were once the Winnipeg Jets. Many Canadians say Hamilton deserves the former Canadian franchise as payback for sending theirs to New York almost a century ago.


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