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Bruins' Jacobs Talks Chances Of NHL In Houston; Quebec Still In Play?

Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs once again has called Houston a "great city" for the NHL to be in, though he noted the league does not have "poor cities anymore." Jacobs, appearing on Boston-based WBZ-FM prior to Senators-Bruins yesterday, said, "I look at where we can make the greatest impressions and have the most effectiveness. Clearly, the one area that’s missing is Houston. ... They’re continuing to flourish and we just have to build on the connection we have in these communities. I’ve been part of Columbus, Nashville, and Tampa, and these aren’t areas that you would have thought of, but have flourished in the last decade." Jacobs, who also serves as NHL BOG Chair, said the Seattle effort has helped the league recognize "one of the oldest hockey locations" in the history of the sport. Jacobs: "It’s going to open up a whole new segment for us" (WBZ-FM, 10/8). Jacobs in May compared Houston to Quebec City as potential new NHL markets and lauded Houston's market-size compared to Quebec City.

STILL HOPE FOR QUEBEC? In DC, Isabelle Khurshudyan wrote, "It seems the NHL will stop expanding after it adds Seattle. Where does that leave Quebec City?" Quebecor Media President & CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau, whose company has long been involved in trying to land a team, called that the "$100 million question.” Péladeau: “There’s not too many scenarios. It’s either a new franchise or a relocation. And in every scenario, we’re open for business.” Relocating a team already in the Eastern Conference is Quebec's "best hope," and there are "some obvious candidates." The Hurricanes, Senators and Panthers "all struggle with attendance." But also "at issue is market size," as Quebec City would be the NHL's "smallest market." There also "would be some overlap with the Canadiens, a storied franchise that already has a strong local fan base" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 10/8).