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Harper says Quebec City would be a great place for the NHL to expand

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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.

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