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  1. And thus the Sound slowly began to fade out. About time. Still upset the franchise isn't where it belongs, but Houston is a better spot than New Orleans.
  2. Just want to say I am enjoying seeing this thread build up and I look forward to how these leagues start expanding in the burgeoning days of flight and beyond.
  3. Grant's back, and he ain't happy... Name: Grant Walker Age: 42 (Now 57) Current Residence: Stellarton, NS, CAN Position: CEO of Walker's Friendly Neighborhood Grocery Grant Walker never paid much attention to sports. Growing up in Northern Nova Scotia under the watchful eye of his father Wilson, he was expected to study hard in school and get ready to take over the family business. As Wilson Walker grew his chain of grocery stores across Atlantic Canada, the demands grew greater. Grant was solely focused on acquiring the business acumen his father had to learn from hard trial and error. By the age of 30 he was ready to take over. When Wilson Walker passed away in a tragic fishing accident seven years later, Grant began to take the company national, expanding across the country. As the expansion went through its ebbs and flows, Grant was determined to make his family name known across the land. There was something missing in his life however. As the behest of his wife Maggie, the pair took an extended spring vacation to Halifax to get Grant's mind off business for a change. The spring of 1987 was a wonderful time for sports in Nova Scotia, and the Walkers were soon caught in the vortex of excitement that was Claymores hockey. Experiencing it live for the first time, Grant slowly became hooked. He promised Maggie they would return to Stellarton as soon as the playoff run was done, but Nova Scotia kept winning, and winning. By the time the finals rolled around, Grant was as much a diehard fan as the rest of the province. He wanted to get involved in the PHL as soon as he could, seeing a tremendous growth opportunity in Canada's game. Despite the fact that no Canadian cities were up for bids in the next round of expansion, Grant wanted to make sure he had a say to ensure the continued stability of a league he had grown to love. At least, until Darryl Byrd got involved... By ripping away his beloved Claymores and sending them down south, Walker became appalled at what the league was becoming. Canadian roots were being ignored for garish Sun Belt frivolity and fizzle. As Walker's Grocery expanded across Western Canada, Grant nearly turned down an offer to sit on the latest expansion council, but he couldn't resist having at least some say in where the future of the PHL was heading, and potentially picking a new Dallas to be moved away at a later date... In the expansion council, Grant casts his lots for: 1. Houston - The biggest market with no hockey team, it's a win-win. Either the team flourishes with a deep-pockets owner and becomes ingrained in Texas culture, or it's another Metros situation and the team moves to another location, possible when the dollar improves up north. Houston was also Grant's third choice the first time around. 2. Memphis - Grant likes the plucky bid from Tennessee and the chance to be the only show in town. Having seen how crazy Halifax was for its Claymores, the Memphis team has a chance to capture the market in the same way and become a Mecca for hockey in the South. Or fold and move within 10 years when an arena isn't built. Either or. 3. Atlanta 4. Tampa Bay 5. Phoenix 6. Portland
  4. Was hoping for a better result, but you can't stop a stampeding rhino. Congrats Pittsburgh.
  5. If it's an early 90s move, it makes sense to keep the name (a la Minnesota North Stars becoming Dallas Stars). Plus there is a ring to the Cleveland Claymores (especially since there is no Cavaliers franchise to infringe upon in this world).
  6. I was too young to see the AHL heyday in the Maritimes, so this has been a nice "What would have been" having the Claymores. Having them go to New Orleans would be almost poetic given the Acadian Expulsion that sent Nova Scotians there in the 1700s. Plus I root for the Saints, so that's the most palatable I guess out of the options. Congrats I guess to St. Louis, happy to see the dynasty nearing it's end.
  7. I was bracing for the loss of the Claymores, but please don't send them to Dallas. Anywhere but Dallas. I followed the Nordiques to Colorado, but I don't know if I can do that with Texas...
  8. The way Calgary's been mired in the basement for years makes me think they're one of the teams heading south. If we're still voting for names, I like the Miami Stingrays (Girlfriend vote) and I'm sticking with Kansas City Tornadoes. C'mon Nova Scotia! Do it again, but with a better ending!
  9. Name: Grant Walker Age: 42 Current Residence: Stellarton, NS, CAN Position: CEO of Walker's Friendly Neighborhood Grocery Grant Walker never paid much attention to sports. Growing up in Northern Nova Scotia under the watchful eye of his father Wilson, he was expected to study hard in school and get ready to take over the family business. As Wilson Walker grew his chain of grocery stores across Atlantic Canada, the demands grew greater. Grant was solely focused on acquiring the business acumen his father had to learn from hard trial and error. By the age of 30 he was ready to take over. When Wilson Walker passed away in a tragic fishing accident seven years later, Grant began to take the company national, expanding across the country. As the expansion went through its ebbs and flows, Grant was determined to make his family name known across the land. There was something missing in his life however. As the behest of his wife Maggie, the pair took an extended spring vacation to Halifax to get Grant's mind off business for a change. The spring of 1987 was a wonderful time for sports in Nova Scotia, and the Walkers were soon caught in the vortex of excitement that was Claymores hockey. Experiencing it live for the first time, Grant slowly became hooked. He promised Maggie they would return to Stellarton as soon as the playoff run was done, but Nova Scotia kept winning, and winning. By the time the finals rolled around, Grant was as much a diehard fan as the rest of the province. He wanted to get involved in the PHL as soon as he could, seeing a tremendous growth opportunity in Canada's game. Despite the fact that no Canadian cities were up for bids in the next round of expansion, Grant wanted to make sure he had a say to ensure the continued stability of a league he had grown to love. In the expansion council, Grant casts his lots for: 1. Miami (Suggested name: Miami Diablos) Grant brings his quest for national expansion to the table, and what better way to start with one of the hottest up-and-coming markets. Hector Cruz would introduce an entire generation of fans to this great game and Grant has faith they will take to it as he did. 2. Kansas City (Suggested name: Kansas City Tornadoes) Hard to argue with a bid that has all the pieces firmly in place. Ken Milliken has done a fine job putting together this bid, and with the state-of-the-art area and a chance to stick it to St. Louis, Missouri deserves a second team. 3. Houston (Suggest name: Houston Express (after the city's history on the rails)) Having not been around for the Dallas debacle, Grant sees no reason not to tap one of the largest cities in America for a team. A great arena and a wealthy owner seem like a winning combination to him, because he can't see how anyone wouldn't love hockey forever.
  10. As a Nova Scotian, I'm sure I would have been named Mack in honor of the greatest goal ever scored for the province. C'mon Claymores! Bring it home to Hali!
  11. Finally stopped lurking and made an account. Tough to see the Claymores in such a sorry state. Hopefully they can turn it around before they feel the small-market pinch.