NHL League Notes: Bruins' Jacobs Serious About Houston Team
With Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs again floating Houston as a possible NHL expansion city, THE HOCKEY NEWS' Ken Campbell wrote when Jacobs "says something, it's best to take it very, very seriously." Jacobs said, "Clearly the one area that is missing is Houston because that's a great city." But what he is "actually saying is, 'Hey, Tilman Fertitta, get your ducks in a row because, as of this moment, consider yourself to be auditioning to join the club.'" Jacobs is the NHL BOG Chair and "de facto chairman" of the Exec Committee, making him "arguably the most powerful man in hockey." Campbell: "Do not be surprised if Fertitta puts together a group to go to the NHL sometime soon because he has basically been given the green light to do so" (THEHOCKEYNEWS.com, 10/11).
SOUNDING OFF: Gold Medal-winning U.S. hockey players Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson are "among those who think Seattle getting an NHL team is a good idea." Lamoureux-Davidson: "You've seen in (Las) Vegas, I think they had less than 100 youth hockey players last year and now I believe they are up to 7,500. If you can get an NHL team in a non-traditional hockey market, that's probably the best way to grow youth hockey numbers." Meanwhile, the twin sisters also think that it would be "good to have on unified pro women's league," rather than the separate NWHL and CWHL (SEATTLETIMES.com, 10/11).
CHINESE CHECKING: SPORTSNET.ca's Elliotte Friedman noted during the NHL's trip to China this year, Commissioner Gary Bettman said that he "wanted to bring regular-season hockey to the country, not just exhibition games." Such a move is "going to be interesting, simply because teams might not want that." One team governor "suggested taking four clubs instead of two, so they don't have to move between cities while overseas." There is "no question clubs will be afraid of the toll the travel and time change could take" (SPORTSNET.ca, 10/10).