News outlets everywhere are speculating that Celine’s Dion’s husband (and manager), Rene Angelil, may be considering making a bid on a possible new NHL team in Quebec City.
The provincial capital used to have a team, the Nordiques, which were sold and became the Colorado Avalanche 15 years ago. Since that time the city has been itching to gain a hockey club once again. So last month they announced plans to build a $400-million NHL-calibre arena and will be using millions of dollars in taxpayer’s money to fund the project. Now they just need to find a professional hockey team to play there.
However, the songstress’s husband is being somewhat elusive so far about his involvement. When asked about whether he would be bidding, he told The Canadian Press: "Maybe. Pierre Karl (Peladeau) has just learned that he has the confidence of Mayor (Regis) Labeaume. So it’s a little too early to be talking about any kind of involvement." However he optimistically added, "Because he is so passionate, he wants absolutely wants a hockey team in Quebec City, and he has a plan of attack."
Peladeau is the chief executive of Quebecor Inc. as well as a good friend of Angelil, and the two had discussed possibly buying the Montreal Canadiens back in 2009.
Meanwhile Quebecor has gained exclusive rights to name the new Quebec City arena as well as manage the facility.
Angelil is in Las Vegas for his wife Celine’s much-anticipated concert as she kicks off another run at Caesars Palace, and he’s expected to meet with both Peladeau and Labeaume to discuss the project.