MANCHESTER – The NHL chip won’t fall here.
Someone close to the SNHU Arena on Monday knocked down reports that Manchester is being considered as a potential site for the National Hockey League match if the season continues. The league was postponed playing in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“There is no conversation with anyone,” the source texted. “Never heard of it before you called. It doesn’t happen here, it doesn’t make sense.”
NESN.com reports tweets from NHL insiders, John Shannon, about the possibility of Manchester hosting the match.
Other media reports mention North Dakota as a possible site.
The Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics have played preseason matches in the arena before, and the Stanley Cup trophy has made several visits to the arena.
The Manchester Arena hosted minor league hockey from 2001 to 2019, first as an American Hockey League franchise, one level below the NHL, and then as an ECHL team, two levels below the NHL.
Last May, owners of Manchester Monarchs announced that the 2018-19 season would be their team last year after they failed to find a suitable buyer.
The Monarchs averaged more than 8,000 fans per match for each of the team’s first five seasons, peaking with 9,140 matches in 2003-04, according to hockeydb.com
The arena is still holding concerts and other entertainment events, although many upcoming events have been postponed or canceled, as they do in arenas throughout the country.
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