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NHL in Houston purely speculative as 2022 Stanley Cup Finals kick off

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Another NHL season is about to end with no resolution to please the hockey-hungry Houstonians who want the league in town.

Despite overtures and flirtation, notably with Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta, who once expressed plans to add a major league hockey franchise to the Toyota Center, anything resembling a straight move from the NHL to Houston is in 2022 only a rumor and a speculation.

Still, that hasn’t stopped a small but powerful hockey fanbase from exploring opportunities, particularly in the area of ​​moving an existing franchise into the NHL’s largest untapped US market.

The video above is from a 2017 report on Tilman Fertitta exploring the potential of the NHL landing in Houston.

The NHL To Houston Twitter feed served not only as a sounding board for H-Town’s hockey fanatics, but also as an aggregator specifically for franchises that may be dead with their current cities.

For example, recent tweets have focused on the movements regarding the Coyotes, known to have roamed with the city of Glendale, Arizona, and their former home, the Gila River Arena. The Coyotes are temporarily housed at Arizona State University’s multi-purpose arena, which has less than a third of the hockey capacity of Gila River’s 17,000-seat stadium.

However, what might keep the Coyotes from going to H-Town is the team’s discussions with nearby Tempe’s plan for an entertainment district and hockey venue. It remains to be seen whether this will remain so.

In any case, the Coyotes have long been among the franchises prone to relocation.

What about the extension? Odds are the league will give Houston its 33rd team, which would be one bigger than the billionaire sports giant NFL.

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The NHL welcomed two new franchises in the last five seasons – Vegas Golden Knights and Seattle Kraken.

A move would be the more sensible solution.

But again, Houston is no closer to Zambonis, shootouts and goal horns than it was nine years ago when the minor league Eros played their last game in the city.

For now, Houston hockey fans will have to content themselves with seeing a rare exhibition game like the upcoming one up close H-Town Hockey Showdown on July 15-16 at Ice Skate Memorial City or tune in to ABC13 for the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals, which will feature the Colorado Avalanche and two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

FULL STANLEY CUP FINALS SCHEDULE:

  • Game 1: Tampa Bay, Colorado, Wednesday, June 15, 7 p.m
  • game 2: Tampa Bay in Colorado, Saturday, June 18, 7 p.m
  • game 3: Colorado in Tampa Bay, Monday, June 20, 7 p.m
  • game 4: Colorado in Tampa Bay, Wednesday, June 22, 7 p.m
  • game 5*: Tampa Bay, Colorado, Friday, June 24, 7 p.m
  • game 6*: Colorado at Tampa Bay, Sunday, June 26, 7 p.m
  • game 7*: Tampa Bay, Colorado, Tuesday, June 28, 7 p.m

All games are available on ABC13 and ESPN+. All times are Central Time.

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Dais Johnston

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