News came down this afternoon from Canadian Heritage that the NHL and Senator’s bid to host an outdoor game on Parliament Hill in 2017 was dead.
Feds nix idea of an outdoor NHL game on Parliament Hill as part of Canada 150 celebrations. #nhljets— Don Butler (@ButlerDon) November 4, 2016
Aide to minister Melanie Joly says full-stadium NHL game “was not deemed feasible and is no longer one of the options being considered"— Don Butler (@ButlerDon) November 4, 2016
This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise - the number of logistical hurdles involved was very large. Hosting a game there was always a long shot, and the process of trying to make it happen seemed to go further than many had expected it would when the idea was first floated last year.
Now we get to find out what “Plan B” is after all. While the Hill would have been the ultimate backdrop, TD Place is showcase worthy itself - if the team is willing to look into it.
Here is the full statement from the Feds: