It’s the obvious choice to bring the @NHL to #Edmonton.
We look forward to welcoming the league and players here to Alberta to take in the beautiful province we have to offer. pic.twitter.com/kp0iN86vCP
— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) June 22, 2020
While three Canadians cities, Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto, wait to see if they will become one of the NHL’s “hub cities” when the professional hockey league returns, Alberta has taken a unique approaching to campaign for its city to be chosen.
The video begins with the words “playoffs in Edmonton” and the reads “ play in the Rockies,” as it transitions to showing the mountains, and adults and children appearing to enjoy a lovely stay in the province.
But there is one problem, the video doesn’t seem to actually show much of city of Edmonton at all. If does, however, show several images of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, all several hours away from the actual city.
This oversight was not missed by Albertans on social media who quickly flooded Twitter with comments on the video:
The worst part is that Edmonton actually has some pretty cool things to offer on its own, you didn’t have use other parts of the province to make it look better. It’s just insulting, but I guess you don’t care about Edmonton anyway since they didn’t vote for you.
— Megan (@meganbielby) June 22, 2020
But why isn’t Edmonton in the video though pic.twitter.com/YCvAovV84d
— Shauna G (@ShaunaRaeG33) June 22, 2020
They are gonna get to Edmonton and be so dissapointed. Where are the majestic mountains?!
— Alicia Mannella (@amannell) June 22, 2020
So you want the NHL to bring hockey to #yeg but you highlight the Rockies. At the best a 4 hour drive from #yeg. I guess it’s too hard for us to expect the Premier to actually know the geography of the province. Even after your “big blue” truck tour.
— Paul Andrews (@PaulEAndrews) June 22, 2020
The video also caused some to question whether NHL players, if they were to play in Edmonton, would be able to travel to other parts of the province once they arrived. Last week, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, said when players arrive in the province they would be kept in a cohort together at all times and away from the general population.
So the ice fields are now in Edmonton?! Nothing you showed is even within two hours.
There is a travel ban so what tourists are coming?
How much did this video cost us?
— Christy (@TravelEatPlayDo) June 22, 2020
This video presents exactly 4 seconds of the actual city of Edmonton, everything else is 2-6 hours drive, and none of the players/team staff will get to see it, because they will be locked up tight in strict quarantine.
Know what you're buying (and this ain't it),
— Fancy C. Poitras (@Fancysez) June 22, 2020
If the players are quarantined in Edmonton, how are they going to visit Banff and Jasper? And if they're not quarantined, are we sure we want to bring in people from Arizona or Florida?
— Spencer (@sathome14) June 22, 2020
Wait! Whut? You're selling the Rockies as part of the perks of @NHL in Edmonton?? Did you not take geography in school? I thought your pitch was that the arena district wld allow them to stay isolated? Has that changed?? Have you seen the COVID stats south of us?
— Shasta Morgen (@ShastaMorgen) June 22, 2020
Matt Wolf, Executive Director of Issues Management for the Premier of Alberta, responded to comments on the video on Twitter, stating families will be “looking for things to do” while in the province.