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‘OBVIOUSLY SUBMITTED OURSELVES’: Leafs create a hubbub to host Cup tourney

作者:admin 2020-05-31

Regarded by many —some with derision — as the centre of the hockey universe, Toronto and the Maple Leafs nonetheless are high up the list of potential hub cities for the proposed Stanley Cup tournament.

But this isn’t like lobbying for the NHL All-Star Game, the June draft or an outdoor game. Toronto is being considered among 10 candidates on whether it can provide safety from COVID-19, secure testing, hotels and ample practice facilities for a month or more — not bells, whistles and celebrity parties.

“We obviously submitted ourselves,” Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said Wednesday during a conference call. “We’ve put together a pretty comprehensive program we think would involve that kind of safety. But those are decisions the NHL will make. I don’t think that will be made overnight or the next few days.

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