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QMJHL grants two more teams to Maritimes...


Brian in Boston

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It's official: the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has granted expansion franchises to Saint John, New Brunswick and St. John's, Newfoundland. It is expected that both teams will take to the ice next season.

Brothers Derm and Craig Dobbin were granted the St. John's franchise, while J. Scott McCain and Wayne Long secured the team for Saint John.

League membership will rise to eighteen teams, with seven being based in the Maritimes.

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Sour Grapes??

Judging from the info in the column, it wasn't as if the Fog Devils' ownership didn't try to strike a lease deal with Mile One Stadium. The arena's managers wanted the sweet end of the deal--perhaps too sweet of an end if they wanted a share of team merchandise sales. It does sound like sour grapes to me if they won't let someone with purely good intentions set up their new team in Mile One, all because the arena group didn't get the franchise. Now, it looks like Mile One will be a white elephant for at least next winter.

About that nickname... it's okay, but instead of something that sounds so AF2-ish, something unique to the area would've been good. How about the St John's Signals? I suggest this because Signal Hill is near the city, and that was where the first wireless trans-oceanic telegraph message was sent (morse code letter S, or 3 dots... which would've gone well as a secondary logo).

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How about the St John's Signals? I suggest this because Signal Hill is near the city, and that was where the first wireless trans-oceanic telegraph message was sent (morse code letter S, or 3 dots... which would've gone well as a secondary logo).

Actually I made a concept for an NHL team to be called the Halifax Signals, but I was just thinking lighthouses and some obscure idea about "signaling progress for the league" or something. I dunno. It was yellow and orange. I don't think it was very good.

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Just got an email from the Fog Devils telling me that they will be unveiling their logo and jerseys later this month.

The 28th, to be exact. At least according to St. John's newspaper.

In the meantime, you can watch this unbelievably cheesy video on their website.

--Roger "Time?" Clemente.

I've watched that thing so many times hoping the logo would be at the end of it and it never was. At least I know now to stop watching it.

Edit: 28th it is with guest Michael Ryder in attendance. 10:30am at Studio 12 at the Avalon Mall. Anyone nearby for pics and reports?

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