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I liked Salt Lake City as an AHL destination. That's another air hub, it's a right-sized AHL market in terms of being big enough for the NBA but not also the NHL (MIlwaukee, Charlotte, San Antonio), it's relatively close to a rival in Fort Collins. Makes more sense than Boise or Palm Springs, which both feel very ECHL.

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On 8/30/2019 at 9:03 PM, MBurmy said:

I get what you're saying...oh well, I suppose Boise's now a pretty attractive relocation destination for any AHL team looking to move.

(I wouldn't be surprised if the Canucks bought the Steelheads to move them to the AHL and the Utica Comets to the ECHL).

 

Nah, it's the same issues that were identified for Seattle considering it, distance-wise. It's not overly close to any NHL team, not a major air-hub, and big travel costs to the rest of the division in the AHL. Is it on the list? Sure, but I don't know that I'd call it attractive.
 

On 8/31/2019 at 6:19 PM, Wade Heidt said:

 

I would be surprised.  The Canucks have extended their AHL deal with Utica:

 

https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/canucks-utica-comets-contract

 

They have opt out options in the deal.  If they were to opt out of the deal to move a team closer to home, would think Boise would be farther down the list.  Canucks ownership acknowledged putting a team back in Abbotsford as an option or even in Vancouver at Pacific Coliseum.  Have a feeling if they could make it work financially, Abbotsford really would be the most ideal place as there is already a base of Canucks fans there:

 

https://www.abbynews.com/municipal-election/canucks-owner-says-abbotsford-one-option-for-farm-team/

Granted, I believe it was only the Flames, but Abbotsford is a prime example of how hard a sell AHL hockey is in major Jr. territory. Maybe the Canucks would have an edge to defy that, but the WHL arguably has the strongest hold on their territory of any Jr. league.
 

19 hours ago, the admiral said:

I liked Salt Lake City as an AHL destination. That's another air hub, it's a right-sized AHL market in terms of being big enough for the NBA but not also the NHL (MIlwaukee, Charlotte, San Antonio), it's relatively close to a rival in Fort Collins. Makes more sense than Boise or Palm Springs, which both feel very ECHL.

Based on what little I've heard, SLC falls into a lot of the same ownership issues @Geoff cited for Boise. The ownership and market seem happy with the ECHL model, so there's no real reason to give up control or the lower ticket prices.

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3 hours ago, BeerGuyJordan said:

 

Granted, I believe it was only the Flames, but Abbotsford is a prime example of how hard a sell AHL hockey is in major Jr. territory. Maybe the Canucks would have an edge to defy that, but the WHL arguably has the strongest hold on their territory of any Jr. league.
 

 

I don't know if Abbotsford can truly support the AHL, but the Flames setting up shop in Canucks' territory was always bound to fail.  Their best crowds were when the Utica Comets came into town, so it's possible the Canucks could make it work.

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Milwaukee Admirals to wear sugar skull jerseys

September 4, 2019 - 00:47 AM

The AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals will commemorate the Day of the Dead with jerseys that feature the iconic sugar skulls associated with the Mexican holiday. Sugar skulls, or calaveras, are decorated by families and loved ones as part of offerings to […]

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I really don't get the carbon fiber collar or how it squares off at the bottom.  The square patch doesn't make sense either, since no team uses it.  Before when it was Reebok, it made sense to have it there no matter what.  But, not any more with the different template.

 

Outside of the NHL, does anyone know if any team or league that has ever utilize it someway?

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7 hours ago, M4One said:

I really don't get the carbon fiber collar or how it squares off at the bottom.  The square patch doesn't make sense either, since no team uses it.  Before when it was Reebok, it made sense to have it there no matter what.  But, not any more with the different template.

 

Outside of the NHL, does anyone know if any team or league that has ever utilize it someway?

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The only one using it

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Honest question here, not trying to be cynical.  What’s the deal with Sugar skull?  Hat Club has a whole line up sugar skull hats right now.  The Day of the Dead isn’t a new thing.  Was there some recent pop cultural phenomenon that has made it more popular?  Just curious 

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