Quebec City continues to be first choice for next Canadian NHL team

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2nd Team in Toronto Not Favoured

TORONTO MAY 26th, 2014 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1694 Canadians 18 years of age and older, the plurality, or 3-in-10 favour Quebec City as the location for Canada's next NHL franchise (31%), and this proportion has stayed stable since June 2012 (29%). Hamilton, Ontario, is favoured by about half as many (14%), and fewer opt for Saskatoon (10%) or a second Toronto area team (9%). One eight would like to see a franchise somewhere else (16%) and one fifth have no opinion (20%). Enthusiasm for a Quebec City team is highest among Generation Y (35 to 44 - 37%) and, predictably, Quebeckers (77%). A Hamilton team excites interest among Gen X (45 to 54 - 18%) and the oldest (18%) and, of course, in Ontario (26%). Conservative supporters are especially likely to favour a Hamilton franchise (19%), while New Democrats are especially likely to side with Quebec City (39%), as are, of course, Bloquistes (81%).

Ever since the Nordiques decamped for Colorado, there has been a hole in the heart of Quebec hockey. It appears not only Quebeckers, but the rest of the country as well, thinks the capital city should get its team back," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.