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Environmental Refugee Week Day 3: The Phoenix Coyotes

December 2nd, 2009
Desertification. howlerYou’ll hear that phrase a lot as you start to meet the environmental refugees. Phoenix, a mere 350 miles from the Pacific Ocean is experiencing desertification. So close to all that potential precipitation, yet Phoenix gets an average 8.3 inches. There is only one explanation: global warming. Disagree if you want, but with an average daily temperature of 72 degrees (106 in July), what else can you call that but warm?
To play hockey you need one thing, ice. To make ice you need two things, water and cold. Phoenix has no water and heat. What’s a hockey team to do? Move to Hamilton, that’s what. So prophesied Billionaire Jim (Moses) Balsillie, who decided to buy the Coyotes and lead them out of the desert. Sadly, the Coyotes belong in the National Hockey League, which is run by some serious science deniers - of both the dismal science of economics and the fake science of global warming.
Balsillie saw the future, and it was desertification. Thus Hamilton was a judges ruling away from being home to the first environmental refugee hockey team in global warming history.

 


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Cambridge Coyotes?

May 6th, 2009

Now that sounds better than the Cambridge Penguins. I was on the NHL to Cambridge kick before the idea became mainstream during the Nashville to Southern Ontario fiasco. But when you overhear something at the gym from “two guys who heard it from a friend, who knows a guy,” you know you have a scoop.

Sadly, however, it appears Jim Balsillie, if he can pry the Coyotes out of Phoenix, will move them to Hamilton. Southern Ontario is a great market, and if you read the two links given, you’ll know

Hespeler Gardens: Future Home of the Cambridge Coyotes?

I believe Cambridge can work: It’s an hour or less from the growth spots - downtown Toronto to London; it’s right along the 401, and RIM owns a parcel of land right at the 401 and Townline; It is outside both Buffalo and Toronto’s 50 mile boundary (just); and the Cambridge Coyotes has a nice alliterative ring to it.

Hamilton on the other hand… lets just say, find me one Hamilton Tiger Cat fan outside of the City of Hamilton. Sorry Hamilton, but Southern Ontario won’t cheer for your team. It will be a Hamilton team, drawing from Burlington to St. Catherines.

As to whether Balsillie will get the Coyotes out of Phoenix, the NHL has been dramatically weakened by the current economic climate. Three teams appear to be in serious trouble, many more hurting. Gary Bettman, for all his bluster, works for the owners. He has already cost them in Nashville. It may be true that the other owners don’t like Balsillie’s style, but sooner rather than later, they’re going to decide they like the colour of his money. It appears, as well, Balsillie has played this one very deftly, possibly opening the NHL to a lawsuit should they decide they don’t want him in the club. The bottom line is, if the bankruptcy judge accepts Balsillie’s offer, the NHL would have trouble turning him down.

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Update: via Christian Conservative, sign the petition to make it seven NHL teams in Canada.

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