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Rockets' Tilman Fertitta Still Hopeful Of Bringing NHL To Houston

Fertitta would be open to either a relocated or expansion NHL franchise in Houston
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Fertitta would be open to either a relocated or expansion NHL franchise in Houston
Photo: NBAE/GETTY IMAGES
Fertitta would be open to either a relocated or expansion NHL franchise in Houston
Photo: NBAE/GETTY IMAGES

Rockets Owner Tilman Fertitta said that he "hasn't given up on his dream to bring an NHL team to Houston," according to Josh Beneteau of SPORTSNET.ca. Appearing on KUHF-FM's "Houston Matters," Fertitta said, "There's not a month that goes by that we don't have some type of talks about the NHL. And it's definitely something that one day I look forward to bringing to Houston." He added, "The studies we have done, it's a little harder below the Mason-Dixon Line. It's a little harder to put butts in the seats. And we've got to find the right team, and then we have got to just make sure that we can put the butts in the seats." When asked if a team in Houston would be an expansion franchise or a relocated club, Fertitta said that he "didn't know but he would be open to either option" (SPORTSNET.ca, 9/10).