HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Could Arizona’s loss be Connecticut’s gain?
News 8 has confirmed Gov. Ned Lamont will meet with National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman to discuss relocating the Arizona Coyotes to Hartford.
What makes it a long shot? Not having a new, state-of-the-art building for the team.
The Hartford XL Center would be a much better temporary home than the Arizona Coyotes’ current home, which is the Mullet Arena in Tempe, Arizona which only holds around 5,000 fans.
Voters in Tempe, Arizona, also recently rejected a proposed new arena.
News 8 reached out to Connecticut’s House Speaker Matt Ritter for comment.
“Governor Lamont has reached out to the NHL and requested a meeting with commissioner Gary Bettman because he wants to emphasize how serious Hartford and Connecticut are about hosting a team. The governor believes this is a great market for the NHL. Particularly because Connecticut has thousands of hockey fans, who remain passionate about the beloved whalers and are ready and eager to support a new team. The governor looks forward to highlighting these points with the commissioner next week.”
News 8 will continue to follow this story in the coming days and weeks.