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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Sunday Night News

I've got a lot of different things to talk about. Most of it will go into this post, but I'll probably have some other things posted by the end of the evening.

First off, we have the USHL's expansion projects. There are several "new" ones mentioned on the Junior Hockey Forum this week, specifically Louisville, Dayton/Troy, and Cincinnati. For the most part these are in an exploratory stage. However, an ownership group does have a lease offer submitted to the city for the Louisville Gardens. The Gardens were the original home of the ABA's Kentucky Colonels before they moved into Freedom Hall. The capacity back then was 5,900, but that was for a basketball configuration and will likely be different for hockey. My guess is a hockey configuration will seat around 5,000. The ownership group is in negotiations, and is currently awaiting a counter-offer from the city.

Rocket goalie focuses on his studies, too bad he can't play in the NCAA...

Spokane joins the "look at all the education money we're raising" circus. My favorite part is the following: "Since 1993, the WHL has provided more than 2,600 scholarships representing an investment of over $8 million by WHL clubs."

By my math, that's a little over $3000 a player, which might get them through one semester of tuition and fees at one of your cheaper institutions of higher learning.

As previously mentioned, the Santa Fe Roadrunners are paid up with the city...

Quesnel's complaining about their rink, too...

"I’m not saying these junior teams are bad," Nashoba coach Steve Kendall said, "but in general it hasn’t been a good thing for (Massachusetts) high school hockey."

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Blogger GB Puck Fan said ... (9:10 AM, February 26, 2007) : 

Well, I don't know much about the Louisville market, but it appears to be about 2 hours from Indy. Would give IND a closer rival.

Now, if Louisville, Cincy and Dayton added, that makes a nice division with Columbus and Indy.

Again, I worry about this league in those size markets, but several together would reduce travel costs, etc...


Anonymous 444 said ... (11:15 AM, February 26, 2007) : 

Minnesota high schools have been dealing with junior teams for over three decades it just took Mass. a little longer to catch up. It might have something to do with the WCHA dominating play as of late.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:46 PM, February 26, 2007) : 

The USHL needs to think about an eastern division, as in the New York area.
There is more of a player pool to draw from than lets say, Louiville,
Many players would rather play in the OHL than relocate to the midwest.
The eastern division could also include a team from Niagara Falls, Canada( easy player draw without "diluting".
The CHL has teams in the US, why not put a USHL team in Canada?


Blogger GB Puck Fan said ... (8:25 AM, February 27, 2007) : 

The USHL had a team in Thunder Bay, but it folded. I think the transportation issues were a factor, and perhaps the then-coming of Tier 1 was part of it.

TB makes the most sense from a geography POV. If the USHL ever got a Michigan presence, maybe something across from Detroit would make sense.

I don't see the USHL doing much east of Ohio unless it can somehow get a whole league/division to start at the same time.

I've only ever seen Gino talking about getting to 16 teams. We're at 12, plus Fargo and a few other possibilities (Louisville? Rapid City? Grand Island? LaCrosse? Wausau? Champaign?) - bit all seem to be within/near the current footprint.


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