Being a hub city may not bring big financial boost to Edmonton: sports economist

An NHL hub city press conference was postponed Saturday afternoon as the federal government and the league continued discussions regarding final contract details, according to officials. Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman were…

Edmonton Oilers break the return-to-play ice at Rogers Place

It’s not exactly “The Boys are Back in Town,” but for the first time since March 11, there was Edmonton Oilers hockey at Rogers Place. Defenceman Matt Benning and Kris Russell, forwards Alex Chiasson and Tyler Benson and goalie Stuart…

Edmonton Oilers chairman Bob Nicholson not a fan of proposed NHL format, gives update on World Juniors

The NHL is moving closer to returning to play, but the proposed format to complete the season isn’t a hit with everyone. It’s expected that 24 teams would be divided into two hub cities. Based on points percentage, the Edmonton…

5 thoughts on potential NHL restart and Edmonton Oilers pursuit of the Cup

After over two months without hockey, it appears the NHL will give some details of a return-to-play plan in the near future. Here are five things rattling around in my brain about the potential completion of the season: 1) I’m…

What screening would NHL players undergo if Edmonton hosts games?

If Edmonton is successful in hosting NHL games, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said arriving hockey players would be subject to the same screening as other international travellers. Kenney said having Rogers Place attached to a hotel is the ideal isolated…

Financial impacts of COVID-19 sports cancellations in Alberta: ‘Money that can’t come back’

As arenas remain closed and seats sit empty, new numbers released last week from Statistics Canada show just how much money Alberta’s economy is missing out on, as major leagues remain shut down due to COVID-19. ATB Financial released an…

Lost revenue from cancelled event ticket sales in Alberta

While some restrictions about public gatherings are being relaxed in Alberta, it will still be some time before we’re allowed to attend major events. Provincial affairs reporter Tom Vernon takes a look at the financial toll that is taking on…

Rick Zamperin: Could Toronto and Edmonton host the entire 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs?

As politicians and public health officials across Canada discuss steps towards easing physical distancing restrictions during the novel coronavirus pandemic, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the league is looking at a number of different scenarios in a possible restart of…

Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby favourites again in annual NHLPA poll

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid is still regarded as the NHL’s top forward, while peers consider Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby the game’s most complete player. When it comes to game-day dress code, hockey players overwhelming favour relaxing the rule requiring a…