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Isn't Kelowna's logo the Ogopogo? An Ogopogo logo is some quality Local Flair; if anything, it's more puzzling that their nickname is still the Rockets.

San Antonio:

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Kelowna Rockets:

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Still a quality rip.

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I'm sure Peorians would pack Carver Arena for a team guaranteed to stay for only one season. Sounds like a nice little divisiinal setup if the ECHL adds Peoria & Indy, though.

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I'm sure Peorians would pack Carver Arena for a team guaranteed to stay for only one season. Sounds like a nice little divisiinal setup if the ECHL adds Peoria & Indy, though.

McKenna may say they're done for 2013-2014, but scuttlebutt is Elmira's looking for a home.

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Must be all those nouveaux-riches and being the only major Canadian city without crap weather.

No crap weather?

Last time I was in Vancouver and Abbotsford--(same trip--had stuff to do in Abbotsford and Vancouver)--it rained for three days straight--absolutely miserable weather that I would count as crap weather.

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Vancouver is in a rainforest. It rains here from November to April.

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I'm sure Winnipeg, with -20F cold and blistering wind, would happily take rain.

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They would, then they could be like Calgary with her Chinooks, and have +18c and raining one day then turn to -30 overnight as all that rain freezes into sheets of black ice

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It would be hysterical if the ECHL figures out how to do geography better than the AHL. "Yep, we've got teams in Orlando, San Francisco, Anchorage, Indianapolis... and we don't have anything remotely resembling a division with Abbotsford and Houston in it."

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Michael Russo of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis is reporting that the Minnesota Wild are relocating their AHL affiliate to Iowa.

http://m.startribune.com/?id=202049101

"Expect an announcement in the next couple of weeks that the Wild's long relationship with the Houston Aeros is ending. The Wild has not been able to come to terms on a new lease at the Toyota Center.

"The Wild is expected to relocate its American Hockey League affiliate to Des Moines, where it will play at Wells Fargo Arena."

As the Wild's parent company - Minnesota Sports and Entertainment - is the majority owner of the Houston Aeros' AHL franchise license, what's really happening is that the Wild are ending their relationship with the Houston market, the Aeros name, and - most likely - minority owners Chuck Watson and Nick Sheppard. It isn't as if a new franchise is being granted to Des Moines, with the existing Houston AHL team remaining in place as affiliate to a new parent club.

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I already loathe the IoWild on so many levels.

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Personally, I'm hoping that the Minnesota Wild's new Des Moines-based AHL farm team is dubbed the Iowa Domesticated. Taking further inspiration from their parent club, the Domesticated's primary logo would be a depiction of a farm - barn, silo, house - contained within the stylized silhouette of a hog's head.

:P;)

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Wait, why are we mad about this?

I'm not "mad" so much as "there goes Peoria's last best chance to keep AHL hockey for a sustained period of time."

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Does Craig Leipold hate his home state or something? You'd think he'd try some sort of team swap to get the Admirals affiliation... especially now that his buddy Scott Walker has our state Open For Business™. I mean, the Brewers can't love subsidizing minor league hockey that much...

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The Predators have Milwaukee locked up through 2015. Sorry. Enjoy the manufacturing of more Predator Drones.

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Does Craig Leipold hate his home state or something? You'd think he'd try some sort of team swap to get the Admirals affiliation... especially now that his buddy Scott Walker has our state Open For Business™. I mean, the Brewers can't love subsidizing minor league hockey that much...

In order for Craig Leipold to "team swap to get the Admirals affiliation", ownership of the Admirals would have to be amenable to such a move. Why would Milwaukee native Harris Turer - who, despite the involvement of Mark Attanasio and Ben Sheets in the Admirals' ownership group, is the lead investor in the franchise - be inclined to give-up control of his hometown team?

Unless, what you're talking about is Leipold getting out of the minor-pro hockey ownership business and simply affiliating his NHL Minnesota Wild with Turer's AHL Milwaukee Admirals. I suppose that could happen after the Admirals' affiliation agreement with the Nashville Predators runs out following the 2014-15 AHL season. I'm sure Leipold could find someone willing to buy his AHL franchise license.

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I honestly thought the Brewers owned the Ads outright... I guess that shows how ambivalent I've become towards them (and will continue to be until at least 2015, apparently).

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