Gov. Sununu on GHS: NHL playing in Manchester is 'on the table'

Rob Bradford
April 17, 2020 - 10:09 am

If and when the National Hockey League kicks back into gear, one of the few venues we might see it could be in Manchester, N.H.

While some reports out of New Hampshire were recently downplaying the story that the NHL was eyeing the arena in Manchester as one of a select few staging areas for the re-introduction of professional hockey after this COVID-19-induced hiatus, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu offered the impression that this is a very real possibility.

"There is truth to that," Sununu said. "I have had discussions about that. I don’t know whether it’s going to happen, but we are talking about it. That’s all I can really say right now.

"I can tell you it would be a very interesting opportunity for New Hampshire, but even the venues would have to say, ‘Yes, we want this’ because we have to make sure where the liabilities are here, what if a team were to get sick, how is it going to be managed? So we’re working on some of those logistics. But that’s on the table, for sure."

The arena has hosted minor-league hockey from 2001-2019, with last season serving as the final one for the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL.

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