The owner of the NBA’s Rockets has expressed pastime in bringing an NHL franchise to Houston, however is continuing cautiously.
Tilman Fertitta posted on his verified Twitter account Thursday that he could be open to the opportunity of obtaining an NHL team, however wired it should be a deal that works for all events involved.
“As I’ve mentioned before, I’m very interested in the possibility of bringing the NHL to Houston, but it will have to be a deal that works for my organization, the city, fans of the NHL throughout the region and the NHL Board of Governors,” stated Fertitta, who purchased the Rockets in September. “We are in the early stages of evaluating what opportunities may exist but look forward to a thorough process.”
Fertitta’s submit comes an afternoon after stories stated Fertitta and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman have met to speak about the viability of Houston as an NHL city.
The Texas city hasn’t ever had an NHL team, however it does have a hockey legacy. The World Hockey Association’s Aeros known as Houston house from 1972-1978. The mythical Gordie Howe performed 4 seasons with the Aeros at the side of sons Mark and Marty.
An American Hockey League team, also referred to as the Aeros, performed in Houston from 1994-2013 ahead of shifting to Des Moines, Iowa.
Quebec City and Seattle have additionally expressed pastime in obtaining an NHL team via enlargement or relocation.