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Monday, February 12, 2007

Monday News

Rumors have run rampant in the Grand Forks Herald and Fargo Forum that the USHL will return to Fargo in a $30M, 5,000 seat arena to be built on the southwest side of town. The main driver for the concept appears to be former UND coach Dean Blais. More will be revealed at a press conference February 22nd. Related local TV news clip. Thanks to Chris Dilks for the initial heads up on this...

More rumblings on the possible relocation of the Prince George Cougars...

The Estevan Bruins are getting a little help (no pun intended) from Gary Bettman as part of an effort to get a new arena built...

Jay Skurski asks why western New York can't keep it's top talent. Well, I don't see the USHL or NAHL moving that far east, or the EJHL/AJHL that far west. You've got a shot at an OHL team, but that doesn't help Niagara or Canisius much...

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Blogger GB Puck Fan said ... (8:24 AM, February 12, 2007) : 

I think the Fargo news is good for the USHL.

The Bears had management issues. The Ice Sharks, IIRC, were supported well but the move to Tier 1 was an issue. A new rink and revenue streams would be good.

As for Blais, getting a coach of the caliber would be great for the league. I just hope his rings don't blind the opposing players!

Fargo fits into the league footprint better than some places (Tulsa!), too...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:24 AM, February 12, 2007) : 

Can Fargo/Morehead support two Junior A teams? Is there any news or rumors that the Jets (NAHL) will stay or move??


Blogger WCharles said ... (11:28 AM, February 12, 2007) : 

Speaking of the USHL's footprint, would the addition of Fargo be expanding that footprint too much, or is it really not stretching it at all? I realize that Fargo is basically no further west than any other USHL city, but it is further north. Also, would a Fargo USHL team be a new franchise or a relocation of an existing franchise?


Blogger GB Puck Fan said ... (1:24 PM, February 12, 2007) : 

Fargo is northernmost now that Thunder Bay is gone, but I see it as a reclaiming of the area. Also, it's about 3 hours - I'm guessing - from Sioux Falls, so it's not sooo far away from another team.

Could be new, could be Rochester or Thunder Bay, which both exist "on paper."

I guess I don't see Fargo supporting both the USHL and NAHL teams, but I don't know the market too well. That could be a sad side effect - pushing out another team. But, this is at least a year away (fall 08).


Blogger WCharles said ... (1:35 PM, February 12, 2007) : 

Pardon my lack of knowledge, but is that Rochester, Minnesota?


Blogger Marc Foster said ... (3:16 PM, February 12, 2007) : 

I believe that all the existing rights on paper have been exhausted. I'll have to check that against my USHL media guide. Thunder Bay, I think, became Tri-City. I think Rochester's (yes, Minnesota) rights were used somewhere as well, maybe Danville, but I'll check it tonight.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:25 PM, February 12, 2007) : 

Marc, Ohio is Thunder Bay


Blogger Ryan said ... (7:28 PM, February 12, 2007) : 

Tri-City used to be Twin City Vulcans.


Blogger GB Puck Fan said ... (9:18 PM, February 12, 2007) : 

North Iowa became Cedar Rapids.

Twin Cities became Tri-City.

Danville switched leagues and became Indy.

Dubuque moved to Tulsa and then folded. More on that in a bit...

Topeka moved to St. Louis and was officially granted a 1-year suspension of operations in spring 05, but hasn't returned.

I thought Thunder Bay still existed "on paper" but that is now Ohio.

Rochester, as is Tulsa, is listed by the USHL has having ceased operations. I thought Tulsa was simply done and Rochester still existed "on paper" but maybe both do...

I thought that when the Sioux Falls owner was trying to get into LaCrosse (Wis) that he was using the Rochester franchise.

The former Danville owner (mervis) has been trying to get into Champaign Urbana. I don't know now if that's expansion or Tulsa on paper. I had thought it was Thunder Bay, but that's not right so I'm not sure.


Anonymous iowaninja said ... (11:19 PM, February 12, 2007) : 

Mervis has the rights to the Rochester franchise and was trying to get them into Champaign.


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