The NHL’s return to Canadian cities in 2018 and 2019 is set to be a bumpy ride, with the league facing a few issues that it can’t ignore.
Here are three reasons why the league should make an early return to the Greater Toronto Area.
There’s a long way to go for the NHL in the Greater Victoria area 1.
The NHL will need to prove its mettle in the area to attract a large enough audience for a regular season in the city.
That’s an uphill climb for a league that is already facing financial woes.
In the 2016-17 season, the league generated $6.5 million in revenue in Victoria, and only $1.5 in provincial revenue.
That translates to a $3.8-million difference between the league’s annual revenue and its operating budget.
It’s a short-term deal that won’t be sustainable in the long run.
While the league has already made significant strides in the market, it has to prove itself financially in the region for the league to be considered a long-term partner.
This means it needs to prove it can generate consistent revenue and keep up with the growing demand in the greater metropolitan area.
The league is hoping to have a full season in place by 2020.
That would put the league back in business by 2022, but the reality is that there is little room for error.
There is a lot of work to do to get the team in the ground.
A few years ago, the NHL decided to abandon the Greater Vancouver market and move into a smaller market that didn’t include the city of Vancouver, a decision that would have required the relocation of all of its teams.
While Vancouver would still be in the league, there are a lot more teams in the United States and Canada.
Even with a small team, there would be a lot to work on before it can become a full-time team.
The only way the league can make a return to Canada is if the region can get the hockey in the game.
It is a longshot, but that’s the way the NHL wants it.
If the NHL can establish itself in Greater Victoria, the region’s appetite for hockey will only grow, and the league will have a stronger chance of landing a franchise in 2018-19.