BREAKING: AHL deal done for St. John's

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Danny Williams

Telegram Sports Editor —

The Telegram has learned Danny Williams has a tentative agreement in place with True North Sports and Entertainment that will see the new Winnipeg NHL team house its American Hockey League team at Mile One Centre in St. John’s for the 2011-2012 AHL season.

The paper has also learned St. John’s Sports and Entertainment is currently meeting to approve an agreement in principle for a lease arrangement with Williams and Mile One Centre.

A news conference may be called this evening.

St. John’s was last home to an AHL team in 2004-05, the last season for the St. John’s Maple Leafs.

More details as they become available.



Organizations: American Hockey League, True North Sports, Winnipeg NHL

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  • harold
    June 02, 2011 - 09:11

    still lots of support for Danny. it just goes to show that people appreciate what he did for Newfoundland. maybe, just maybe if Danny was leader of the provincial liberals what would be the result of the upcoming election?? i wonder.. congrats Danny and thanks. good luck in your future.

  • Adrian
    June 02, 2011 - 09:04

    dan" YOUR" the man..can't wait . is it oct. yet..... season ticket holder for the baby leafs...count me in for this one......

  • Marty Stiles
    June 02, 2011 - 04:48

    congratulations on your new team St.John''s way overdue..i have a feeling that there may be more than a few games sold out at Mile One...cheers from New Brunswick..

  • Stefan Erl
    June 02, 2011 - 02:01

    Exactly what this city needs, Williams is the man. Go Moose Go !!

  • chris
    June 01, 2011 - 22:32

    i know my 11 year old and i will be getting season tickets.i was also a gonzaga player and hope my son will be as well.Thank you danny again.

  • Ivan Tucker
    June 01, 2011 - 20:35

    I want to congradulate Danny Williams,first for being a diehard Newfoundlander,& what has done during his tenure as premier,now as the influence,in getting an ahl team for Newfoundland.For those like Graham.if you are such a classic,knowing person,please use your whole name.Go Danny go!

  • Don Lester
    June 01, 2011 - 20:12

    Thanks Danny. What else can I say but Thanks.

  • Jamie
    June 01, 2011 - 19:57

    I love how some people are getting sooky due to danny bringing a pro hockey team back to NL......most people are saying they are glad the gov of nl isn`t going to chip in on the team but yet they can give money to republic of Doyle ?. This team will bring money way is that mile one will finally be used regularly and bring money in to help pay for will give people jobs working in the concession booths ....after hockey games people will go down to geroge street and spend money there .It will bring in lots of hockey fans from outside st john`s which will bring in more money to the city...It`s great to finally have hockey back in this city!

  • don
    June 01, 2011 - 19:53

    There goes the Avalon East Senior league!

  • Anne from the Shore
    June 01, 2011 - 19:49

    Well Danny has done it again ,thank you so much.We need hockey here ,I sure support this move.Thank you Danny ,we can a;ways count on you.

  • Gordon
    June 01, 2011 - 19:47

    I'll quote Buddy Wasisname, "Got to get me moose, b'y!"

  • Audrey Lona Freeman
    June 01, 2011 - 19:47

    Oh danny Boy!

  • Bibbie from Nl
    June 01, 2011 - 18:54

    The city can work out a lease agreement all they want. but they better not be giving my tax money towards a hockey team. They had to put up our water tax and we have to pay for a bowel plant and a water treatment plant because they didn't have the money. They were in a deficit. Maybe that money they were going to give themselves in a raise, they're now giving to the hockey team. I hope they all gets voted out this coming fall. They're the worst council we ever had and I have seen a few doodises.

  • Shack
    June 01, 2011 - 18:36

    I'm glad I was wrong about the Moose going to Abbottsford . Go Caps Go !!!

    June 01, 2011 - 18:00

    GO CAPS GO!!!

  • Chris Neill
    June 01, 2011 - 17:54

    How about the Newfoundland Mounties???

  • Patricia
    June 01, 2011 - 17:51

    Another great job Danny! So happy AHL will be back in St. John's and to Graham, who gave Danny negative comments, Danny is a HERO. He has done more than you ever will.

  • apples
    June 01, 2011 - 17:46

    way to go Thunderhead I mean Dunderdale....

  • Tim
    June 01, 2011 - 17:44

    What great news, And again Danny Williams pulls through for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, I am extatic!!. I will definetly be purchasing season tickets without a doubt.

  • john
    June 01, 2011 - 17:43

    In your face Dunderdale and your turncoats!...Go Danny!

  • Steve
    June 01, 2011 - 17:18

    Great job Danny! Graham, you have an unhealthy obsession with the former premier that you need to be treated for. Go Vikings!

  • Tony Young
    June 01, 2011 - 17:03

    So I guess the team will be called the Danny's Jets. LOL. Would should actually call them tax payer's Jets.

  • Russell
    June 01, 2011 - 16:57

    if they put john efford on the team he'll forget which team he plays for and score on his own net, and graham... god bless danny!!!!

  • Paul
    June 01, 2011 - 16:55

    Thank you Danny ! Put Dunderdale in net for the warmup !

  • Mike
    June 01, 2011 - 16:47

    Manitoba Moose NHL St.John's Vikings AHL Raise a pint for canadian hockey!!cheers

  • Chris Neill
    June 01, 2011 - 16:19

    What do we call the team Newfoundland Moose?.or this may sound silly I like the Newfoundland Mounties?.

  • Chief
    June 01, 2011 - 15:57

    Thanks Danny ,STILL a great leader. I'll be one of the first in line for season tickets. As for the non-beleivers like "Graham" go eat Crow..... ha ha

  • R
    June 01, 2011 - 15:55

    Thanks Danny for promoting Newfoundland - Great Job!

  • Dion
    June 01, 2011 - 15:53

    Congrats Danny! I will support the team as much as possible. I think that since the goverment didn't want to invest in a money maker, maybe they will not need the tax $$$$ it will generate.

  • harry from bowmanville ont
    June 01, 2011 - 15:51

    hey graham get a life,DANNY has done more for NFLD in one day than you will do in your whole life.

  • Mike Dooley
    June 01, 2011 - 15:48

    Thank You Danny!!! Season tickets day one!

  • Chris Neill
    June 01, 2011 - 15:45

    Congrats to the people of St.John's for geting the AHL back.

  • bring da moose
    June 01, 2011 - 15:43

  • gary
    June 01, 2011 - 15:36

    YES !!!!!! Put me down for 2 season tickets again... Great work Danny !!!! Seeing the Prov Gov does not want anything to do with this, maybe they will not want the sales tax for them. Why collect 1000's of dollars when they have no interst for hockey... HA HA !!!! some chance there !!!

    • CanadianSailor
      June 01, 2011 - 17:28

      I totally agree. It seems like Dunderdale has something against anything Danny gets involved in now. I wonder why?

  • Matthew Fuchs
    June 01, 2011 - 15:34

    This is great news, also good to see Danny Williams sporting his old Gonzagas Jersey. The emblem of which borrowed from the Minnesota Vikings. The original home town for our new Hockey team originally the Minnesota Moose.

  • Lucas
    June 01, 2011 - 15:34

    Why is Danny wearing a Minnesota Vikings jersey?? haha.. well done anyways Danny!

    • matt gauci
      June 01, 2011 - 16:44

      Its a gonzaga high school hockey jersey. The high school i played for and he attended ( not sure if he played).

    • VIKING Forever
      June 01, 2011 - 23:35

      Hey Lucas could be a Gonzaga Viking jersey after Danny was a Viking , great to see AHL back in the city , should have never left .

  • AngryDalty
    June 01, 2011 - 15:32

    Man, that guy, he should run for office or something... ;) BRING DANNY BACK! BRING DANNY BACK!

  • John
    June 01, 2011 - 15:30

    Me also

  • Paul
    June 01, 2011 - 15:28

    Whoever decided to name the last the the Fog Devils should be excluded from the team naming process and banished to northern Labrador.

    • W McLean
      June 01, 2011 - 16:58

      Why should northern Labrador have to suffer?

  • Graham
    June 01, 2011 - 15:25

    Old Danny makes everone else look bad again so he can come out like the hero he thinks he is. Great job Premier Dunderdale. Danny has his Hockey Team we still have our tax dollars to be used on bigger and better things. Will this vengefull old man ever go away or does the world still need to revolve around him? I allready know the answer to that anyway.

    • Joe
      June 01, 2011 - 16:06

      again Graham! Sounds like your the vengeful old man. You are what the youth of today would call a hater. Too busy hating Danny to ever see the big picture. Fact is a large portion of the population would like to have an AHL team here regardless of Danny has anything to do with it or not.

    • maria
      June 01, 2011 - 16:19

      i think Danny is wonderful! and. I think our new premier is awful and is shaming the conservatives!!!!

    • Canadiansailor
      June 01, 2011 - 17:24

      Seems like your very sour and bitter towards Danny, where does this come from? Is it from the success that he brought to the province? The job that Danny done for 10 years with NO pay for our province? Maybe's Danny's personal wealth is an issue for you? Overall, seems like he has done nothing but good for the province, yet you still complain about the things he has done/is doing, why is this?

    • JON
      June 01, 2011 - 17:53

      UMAD Graham?... Don't worry I'll think about your extra tax dollars when I buy my season tickets

    • William B
      June 01, 2011 - 18:41

      Excellent Graham, we get our hockey team so the tax dollars can go to bigger and better things...You must be in the Arts Community and feared losing your grant. I just hope come October Danny has control over this and does not allow Dunderdale and French to participate in opening the season at centre ice.

  • Chad Gidge
    June 01, 2011 - 15:22

    Thank You Danny! Can't wait to get season tickets!

  • Bring Da Moose
    June 01, 2011 - 15:15

    Not done us keep up the pressure and show your support or or @bringdamoose

  • Andrew
    June 01, 2011 - 15:15

    Amazing news! Long overdue! Thank you, Danny!

  • TJ
    June 01, 2011 - 15:13


  • Hank
    June 01, 2011 - 15:10

    Is Danny gonna play center and have Loyola on the wing like he did negotiating the Atlantic Accord.

    • murph
      June 01, 2011 - 16:46

      Haha.. Hope he don't put John Efford on his team..he might get confused and score on the wrong net!

  • Bill, From Bay Bulls
    June 01, 2011 - 15:08

    Will be buying my season tickets as soon as they come out.......Guaranteed!!!!!!

    • cathy murphy
      June 01, 2011 - 15:13

      I dont know if i'll be getting seasons tickets but i will be supporting the team as much as i can.....

    • Chris, from Mt. Pearl
      June 01, 2011 - 15:25

      you can belee dat bill