If you could create a Hockey League...
If you had the opportunity to have a Hockey League, what would the name of the League be? What cities would be in it?
I'd call it the New World Hockey Association, and it would have teams that don't have hockey teams like Baltimore, Atlanta, San Diego, San Francisco, New Orleans, Orlando, Las Vegas, Portland, and Seattle to name a few.
Every bit like the UHL. Though I would have no vet rule.
This is more appropriate for the Business of Hockey forum.
However, it is very under "proposed" to even go there.
First, what is the reason for the league? Junior, developmental (feeder to NHL/AHL), senior?
Second, competition. Will this be in a shotgun collection of cities, a regional group of cities, or as far from NHL/AHL/ECHL existing cities?
Third, what other restrictions on the league? NHL affiliation? Salary cap/weekly?
Name comes only then. :D
I'd call it the UHL (unoriginal, I know). This would be list of markets I would use...
Flagstaff (risky, I know)
Hawaii (another risk)
Mississippi (risky market)
Delaware (risky market)
Lehigh Valley (risky market)
That would make sense. I never really thought about that, but most of the markets are large enough to support a AAA level team.
A BIG IF...but IF the CHL goes under you need a league to rival the ECHL that offers like what the UHL/CHL were. Mostly for the vets who can still hack it, and to give the fans a non ECHL/AHL type product.
The FHL is a nice idea BUT PLEASE, higher quality skill and such, like the old UHL.
an old throwback to the Eastern Hockey League. AA bus league...8 teams, no vet rule, capped of course. And yes, I would poach existing ECHL towns for this league.
If any AHL market were to give up the ghost in the NE, I'd entertain moving in...Adirondack would be a good place to go to name one.
I would not make the league bigger than 10-12 teams though. 70 game schedule...play everyone in the league 10 times. Top 6 make the playoffs.
senior representative league, top tier plays nationally, bottom tier(s) play within their province/state/region. 30 team national league (may contract or split east/west due to finances, but top 8 from each conference make playoffs. last two places in national league get relegated, all winners from provinces/states/regions play in a tournament for promotion
national league teams (most likely)
Richmond Hill, ON
Red Deer, AB
Thunder Bay, ON
North Vancouver, BC
St Louis, MO
Though i'm not familiar with the old EHL but this is similar to what i'd like. Give or take a few more than 10-12 teams
This is sorta the "heyday" of the EHL. Teams generally from Charlotte to New Haven.
Some of these markets wouldn't fly anymore -- no Long Island, New Haven, Clinton, Charlotte, or Philly (unless you put up arenas or poached teams from the AHL in Charlotte's case).
I could see a 10 team circuit working well -- markets like Richmond, Roanoke, Baltimore, and/or Johnstown would work.
Why did this league fold?
SHL and NAHL both failed after 76-77 and another Eastern League took over with the remnant of those teams. A couple of NAHL teams went into the AHL for a time. The mid 70's was pretty much fail city for minor league hockey outside of a few locations due to the crowded and expensive pro landscape with the WHA-NHL wars going on...there weren't many good markets to place teams with costs increasing quite a lot it was harder for the old bus leagues to make a go of it.
BTW (for those that didn't know), the NAHL was the league that Slap Shot was largely based off of.
Not bad ideas...
Mine is more for cities that are big markets, but have NO NHL Franchises...so it'll be a Triple-A Franchise, and this is how it would look...
Salt Lake City
I still have to work how it'll be divided by divisions and conferences.
I tried to avoid markets that already had stable franchises in AA or juniors. The only exception is Kansas City because they could easily force out the CHL team.
Edit - Oh, and scratch Fairbanks and replace them with Yakima, WA. My bad.
Edit 2 - Swap West Virginia and Delaware for divisions. WV goes to the Atlantic, while Delaware goes to the Northeast.
Sorry for the double post, but I was bored, so I created a map of my fictional league. Link is below.
Blue - Northwest Division
Red - Pacific Division
Yellow - Midwest Division
Green - Southeast Division
Light Purple - Atlantic Division
Dark Purple - Northeast Division
Thunder Bay to Fredricton 2400 KM
TB to Troy 2050 KM
TB to Leigh Valley 2030 KM
TB to Delware 2172
I'd love to see AAA hockey in New Orleans, or AA back in Lafayette, LA (home of the Ice Gators who averaged over 11k attendance for 2 years in a row, and then 2 more of right under 10k- but now can barely draw 2k to the SPHL). I think if the skill level of hockey increased, and they did a better job of marketing the team they could be successful again.
The IceGators new ownership, GM, and coach have pissed off a lot of fans. So much so that a lot of the booster club has vowed to never support the team until a change is made.
I think I would make a mix up of the old UHL Echl and CHL ill get back about the Cities let me figure this out
Im not sure what I would call if but these cities would be where I would Have teams.
Glens Falls (NY)
New Haven (CT)
Fort Wayne (IN)
Rapid City (SD)
West Valley City (UT)
San Antonio (TX)
I guess I would bring back the UHL name, UHL rules and NEVER EVER NEVER EVER would let Reading in
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