QUEBEC - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says there is no better place than Quebec City for an expansion team in the National Hockey League.
Harper says the city is a great hockey town
The prime minister was speaking in the provincial capital a day after NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced the league will begin a formal expansion process next month.
Quebecor Inc. issued a statement shortly after Bettman's comment to say it plans to apply for a franchise with the intent of bringing back the Nordiques to Quebec City.
The return of the Nordiques would give the Montreal Canadiens a provincial rival and Harper said Quebec needs two teams.
He also took a jab at the Toronto Maple Leafs, joking that people were telling him the last time he was in the country's biggest city that they also needed a professional team.