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Jim Balsillie and Make It Seven say no more appeals in Phoenix

The following email was sent out this evening from the Make It Seven campaign:

To all Make It Seven supporters:

From the beginning, my attempt to relocate the Coyotes to Hamilton has been about Canadian hockey fans and Canadian hockey.  It was a chance to realize a dream.  All I wanted was a fair chance to bring a seventh NHL team to Canada, to serve the best unserved hockey fans in the world. I believe I got that chance.  I respect the court's decision, and I will not be putting forward an appeal.

Nobody can deny that we are now a big step closer to having a seventh NHL team in Canada.  It doesn't matter who owns that team.  When that day comes, I will be the first in line to buy a ticket to the home opener.

I want to take this opportunity to thank my family for all their love and support. I also want to thank the more than 200,000 fans who supported the bid online and the countless others who contacted me personally to show their support. This bid always was about the game we all love.

Thank you,

Jim Balsillie 

This, after Judge Baum's ruling this afternoon effectively put the entire Phoenix Coyotes matter back into the NHL's hands.