The NHL will return to the NHL arena in Winnipeg, Canada, at some point in the future, but the league is still awaiting a decision on when the NHL will play in Calgary, where the NHL relocated from the 1960s.
The NHL announced Thursday it would not play in Canada for the next three seasons after the NHL was unable to agree on a new venue for the league, which had been at the Civic Centre since the 1980s.
The league also was not able to agree to the expansion of its league to 16 teams and the creation of a new national television contract.
“We are going to take a look at all the options to see if there is an opportunity to relocate to a location where we can have a long-term long-lasting presence,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.
“We are confident that the best possible outcome for the hockey community and for the players and the owners is that we get the arena that we need.”
Bettman said the league has received more than 1,000 applications for expansion to Calgary, including several from outside of North America.
The league announced in March that it had secured an agreement to move the NHL from its current home in Winnipeg to a new arena in the Canadian city of Edmonton, the site of the Edmonton Oilers’ current home.
The Oilers are set to open their new arena on Oct. 29.
The Canadian Football League and Canadian Soccer Association, which are both part of the NHL, also have expressed interest in a new home for the NHL.
The AHL, which has been at Winnipeg since 1992, announced this week that it would join the NHL in 2019.
It will begin play in 2018.