Description:Hockey is so critical to a stable and growing downtown that management of the XL Center will only be put in the hands of a firm that maintains the sport in Hartford, an official said Monday.
"We want and intend to maintain the [American Hockey League] in Hartford," said Michael W. Freimuth, executive director of the authority that oversees the arena. "Any contract will be conditioned on that. … Failure to secure the AHL would be reason to make the contract void."(2:07)