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Connecticut Gov. Malloy Talking To Investors About Bringing NHL Back To Hartford

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy yesterday said that he is "talking to investors seeking to bring an NHL franchise to Hartford, but he emphasized the return of hockey remains a remote possibility," according to Keating & Doyle of the HARTFORD COURANT. Malloy said that the N.Y. Post "incorrectly reported Sunday that he had formed a group to work on bringing big-time hockey to Connecticut." Malloy said, "I have not put a committee together. If you are sincere and you want to meet with us, we will meet with you. But to date, I have had no meetings with anyone about their specific interest.'' Malloy's Communications Dir Andrew Doba said that the governor "had only agreed to talk to a group that had approached the state with a proposal" (HARTFORD COURANT, 1/8). In N.Y., Josh Kosman cited sources as saying that Malloy had "formed a group to look into the possibility of bringing a team back to the Constitution State and has approached at least one deep-pocketed potential buyer of a team." Malloy "told the suitor the plan is to build a new arena as part of a bigger development that would be in the state, but not necessarily Hartford" (N.Y. POST, 1/7).
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