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Minor League Hockey Moves 2014-15

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Well, just using examples. Let's say Boise, then

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Looks like the Vegas pipe dream just went bust....

http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2014/05/07/waranglers-plaza-deal-is-off/

After scrambling to find a new venue for their home games after losing their lease at the Orleans, the Las Vegas Wranglers has informed the Plaza that construction will be too costly to locate the team at the downtown rooftop venue.

The deal is off.

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http://www.juniorhockey.com/news/news_detail.php?news_id=82382

The Port Huron Fighting Falcons (NAHL) are moving to Connellsville, PA, for the 2014-15 season. They will be renamed "Keystone Ice Miners".

That's five hockey teams in Port Huron to either fold or relocate in 13 years. Attendance for the Falcons was almost non-existent (577 per game in a 3100-seat arena), so I'm not surprised they left. OTOH, I wouldn't be surprised if another team arrived in town before the summer's up.

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Welp, looks like a CHL expansion market just opened up!

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Welp, looks like a CHL expansion market just opened up!

I'll take it. Port Huron would be on an island with Brampton in the CHL, but I'd rather have that than, say, a Federal Hockey League team. <_<

Rumor has it that the city is talking to the USHL about an expansion franchise, but I'll believe that when I see it.

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I see the LV Wranglers folding. Abbotsford would be a great fit in the ECHL, ASAP. Would still love to see Peoria get into the ECHL. With Cincinnati, Kalamazoo, Ft. Wayne, and Orlando - the old IHL teams are starting to come back around. Even Houston would be a cool addition.

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Keystone Ice Miners logo is out.

Before:

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I've been waiting years for the San Diego Gulls to return. Will this be their year?

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Well, shoot, the ECHL's gonna have to do something out west, aren't they? They're down to a 7-team division with 8 available playoff slots. Maybe #9 from the east gets kicked west for the postseason.

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I've been waiting years for the San Diego Gulls to return. Will this be their year?

Bring back the Tacoma Sabercats.

The ECHL's Kelly Cup series has the unusual 3,3,1 format.

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Well ECHL Fans... say goodbye to Evansville, Indianapolis, Ft Wayne, and Kalamazoo. Western Conference? These four teams will go bankrupt before the season is over. Way to go ECHL! If anything should have just disbanded from the Western Conference and let them form their own 8-team "AA" League.

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I assume the scheduling will be more along the lines of the AHL's "divisions/conferences are suggestions rather than guidelines". I don't expect the Midwest 4 to hike further west than Colorado unless they really want to.

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True, but just plain dumb. If they aren't going to play against Western teams then why be in their conference? I still say the hockey minor league system needs re-done. The Western ECHL teams need to move up to "AAA" and support the Western NHL teams.

NHL teams need to have their affiliates within driving distance. Never understood why they don't follow baseball's example. The Blue Jackets' AAA team should be Lake Erie. AA should be Cincinnati.

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Never understood why they don't follow baseball's example.

Because baseball's example is kind of...erratic. El Paso is within driving distance of San Diego only under a very liberal interpretation of the term. Same for Salt Lake City and Los Angeles, Reno and Phoenix, Milwaukee and Nashville, Chicago and Charlotte, etc....and of course, Las Vegas and New York.

Also, AAA baseball regularly blows money on planes. Not sure if most AHL budgets can accommodate that.

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Where are all these western cities within driving distance of their parent teams and driving distance of one another?

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Hockey teams, even in the AHL, tend to end up where they can make money.*

*Like Daylight Savings Time, this does not apply in the state of Arizona.

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ECHL and CHL to Merge

According to Hockey Agent Darryl Wolski

With Las Vegas, Bakersfield, Stockton and Ontario all supposed to move up to the AHL next year

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ECHL and CHL to Merge

According to Hockey Agent Darryl Wolski

With Las Vegas, Bakersfield, Stockton and Ontario all supposed to move up to the AHL next year

It's about time if this come to fruition.

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