Anson Carter Spearheads Effort for NHL Expansion Team in Atlanta Area

Former NHL forward Anson Carter is spearheading an effort through the Alpharetta Sports & Entertainment Group, in partnership with New York Life, to bring a new NHL expansion team to Atlanta, focusing on establishing an arena in Alpharetta, a region with a strong hockey community.

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This time, it’s former NHL forward Anson Carter stirring the pot. He’s not just making waves; he’s leading a whole movement. The goal? To bring an NHL expansion team back to Atlanta. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet spilled the beans on Twitter, revealing Carter’s role with the Alpharetta Sports & Entertainment Group. They’re on a mission, and it’s all about hockey in Atlanta.

“I’ve called Atlanta home since 2009,” Carter shared. His belief? That the NHL will not just return but flourish in Metro Atlanta. Since 2019, he’s been in talks with Commissioner Bettman, eyeing the Fulton County Metro Atlanta market for the NHL’s comeback. But it’s not just Carter’s word; the NHL Board of Governors holds the keys to this decision.

The ASE Group isn’t just dreaming big; they’re planning big. Partnering with New York Life, they’re setting their sights on Alpharetta for a new arena. Just a stone’s throw from downtown Atlanta, this spot is buzzing with potential. Alpharetta isn’t just any place; it’s hailed as the largest hockey-playing community in Metro Atlanta. And the vision? A development at the North Point Mall site, complete with an arena and even an outdoor stadium for soccer or lacrosse.

The NHL’s current landscape? It’s a 32-team behemoth, neatly divided into four divisions. The Seattle Kraken and the Vegas Golden Knights are the new kids on the block, having joined in 2021-22 and 2017-18, respectively. But let’s not forget, Atlanta’s no stranger to the NHL scene. The city once cheered for the Atlanta Flames and later, the Atlanta Thrashers, before they became the Calgary Flames and the Winnipeg Jets.

Carter’s not just any advocate for Atlanta’s NHL dreams. His resume speaks volumes. Ten seasons in the NHL, playing for teams like the Washington Capitals and the Boston Bruins, among others. With 202 goals and 219 assists over 674 games, his experience and passion for the game are undeniable.

So, what’s next for Atlanta and its NHL aspirations? Only time will tell. But with Anson Carter at the helm, it’s a journey worth watching.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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