But let's face it, we shouldn't be thinking that Balsillie can do it alone. Hockey fans in southern Ontario need to stand up and throw some muscle behind this cause. Whether it's Waterloo, Hamilton or somewhere else, we can't just expect to be handed a team without working for it.
Our sports commentators aren't helping the movement by throwing misinformation into the public discourse. The biggest canard so far: the NHL is preventing another southern Ontario team only to protect the Maple Leafs.
Pulleeze... This is not just about southern Ontario. Only six out of 30 teams are in Canada, a proportion that is far far less than the percentage of fans or players who come from this country. There's no team in Quebec City or Winnipeg either. The NHL strategy is to increase TV viewers by putting teams in places that don't like hockey; people in southern Ontario are going to watch hockey regardless, is the argument, so we don't need a team. Of course that's hooey as well, as more people in southern Ontario will watch hockey if we had another team.
So come on hockey fans: do something.