NHL alumni game a platform for future hockey team in Houston?

For the first time this weekend, Houston is hosting an NHL alumni game, and organizers believe there's more behind the game.

HOUSTON - For the first time this weekend, Houston is hosting an NHL alumni game.

Several old timers will be hitting an ice rink for a charity event to benefit Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

But organizers believe there's more behind the game.

"Maybe we're using this as a platform in a way now in addition to raising money for Harvey," said Dave Steadman, organizer of the tournament and president of Houston Furniture Rentals. "Maybe this can also showcase as hockey fans our platform to Mr. (Tilman) Fertitta that we will buy tickets and we will go there."

Since Fertitta purchased the Rockets and the rights to the Toyota Center, he's said several times he's interested in bringing an NHL franchise to the city if it makes sense.

"I don't think there's any question the city of Houston could handle and support an NHL franchise," said Jack Stanfield, who's been around the Houston hockey scene since the 1970s.

He played on the original Houston Aeros alongside the likes of Gordie Howe.

"I think it's great that we have a voice that says yeah I'd look at bringing an NHL team here, because I think that is important," Stanfield said. "There's lots of room in this city, and there's a lot of people that have grown up with hockey that live in this city now.

The game is Saturday at the Willowbrook Aerodrome.

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