Letters to the Editor

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Tag: nhl

July
2nd

HOCKEY: Tacoma Dome needs another hockey team

The NHL may be coming to Seattle soon. Tacoma should also have a team. We older Tacoma hockey fans remember having the Sabercats in the Tacoma dome. The team did well, but the struggling startup league folded.

Getting an NHL team could be difficult, but why not give it a shot? If that fails, note that each NHL team has two minor league teams. Maybe we could get a minor league team from Seattle having a team.

Are there any Sabercat fans left out there who want hockey back in Tacoma? Let’s go for it!

June
18th

NHL: Hockey expansion is a real possibility

Ninety-six years ago, the Seattle Metropolitans became the first U.S. hockey team to win the Stanley Cup, and it would be good if the centennial season of 2016-17 could be celebrated with the return of a new team to a new stadium in Seattle.

One option whereby this could happen is by moving an existing franchise to Seattle, but the planned NHL realignment, with two teams shifting to the Eastern Conference, and only Winnipeg shifting from East to West, will leave the West with only 14 teams, seven in each of two divisions.

So, unlike the case of the NBA,

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June
17th

SPORTS: Time to bring the NHL to Seattle

Re: “NHL fans, buckle up: Talk of Seattle team gaining speed” (John McGrath column, 6-17).

The Northwest is a professional sports area. We have the Seahawks, the Mariners and the Sounders. We had the Sonics since 1967 until Clay Bennett and the NBA maneuvered a move to Oklahoma City. They won and we lost.
The latest attempt to relocate a failing NBA team back to Seattle fell on deaf ears. Chris Hansen and his investment group put together an extremely solid financial package for the Sacramento Kings and a privately financed arena with no taxpayer money. What a

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Jan.
2nd

TACOMA: Dome might be suitable for minor league hockey

I was not surprised by the findings from the feasibility study of the Tacoma Dome that it is not suited for pro teams. I understand Mayor Marilyn Strickland’s dream of getting the NBA or NHL right here in Tacoma.

Having seen a lot of sports in the Tacoma Dome in years past with the Tacoma Rockets and the Tacoma Sabercats hockey teams in the 1990s, it was hard even then to draw crowds and they were minor league.

The talk back then was with improved sight lines and moving the seats closer to the arena, hockey could succeed there. However,

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Dec.
21st

TACOMA: Cost of study could fill a lot of potholes

Re: “Dome not suited for pro teams, study says” (TNT, 12-21).

Improbable. Unrealistic. Doubtful. Dubious.

These were the words used by Lewis Kamb in his article highlighting the findings of the $95,000 study regarding the Tacoma Dome’s feasibility as a venue for professional sports.

At a time when so many folks are without work and the city is in rough financial waters, I would like to offer a few words of my own regarding the Tacoma City Council’s decision to fund such a study: It is wasteful.

Mayor Marilyn Strickland, who reportedly pushed for the feasibility study, is quoted

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