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otthockeyfan 05-15-2007 09:06 AM

Mexico Elite Hockey League
 
The mexico elite hockey league is a semi pro league that is set to start in 2010.As of now there is one team set and ready to go and that is mexico city.The league will have a min of 4 teams and a max of 6 teams when the 2010 season gets under way in 2010.As of now the league is reviewing 2 other applactions.

CaliCash 05-15-2007 12:27 PM

Wow....I can only imagine how bad the ice will be!

TheRealKovalchuk* 05-15-2007 09:01 PM

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Originally Posted by otthockeyfan (Post 9283732)
The mexico elite hockey league is a semi pro league that is set to start in 2010.As of now there is one team set and ready to go and that is mexico city.The league will have a min of 4 teams and a max of 6 teams when the 2010 season gets under way in 2010.As of now the league is reviewing 2 other applactions.

:shakehead

EbencoyE 05-15-2007 10:40 PM

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Originally Posted by CaliCash (Post 9285335)
Wow....I can only imagine how bad the ice will be!

Most likely better than the MSG's. :p:

mazmin 05-16-2007 05:15 PM

I can't see many Mexican's wanting to play or watch hockey. And I happen to know quite a few of them.

This will be a waste of time and NRG..

EagleBelfour 05-17-2007 12:53 AM

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Originally Posted by EbencoyE (Post 9291787)
Most likely better than the MSG's. :p:

Good one.

I wonder how good this league could be. I hope some decent hockey will be played and that it will gain some popularity.

Shootmaster_44 05-17-2007 05:09 PM

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Originally Posted by mazmin (Post 9299147)
I can't see many Mexican's wanting to play or watch hockey. And I happen to know quite a few of them.

This will be a waste of time and NRG..

Seems to me they have a competitive national team and junior team, at least at the Division 3 level. Also seems to me their national team plays a pre-season tour of the Central Hockey League every year. In fact, I'm pretty sure they've won a fair share of those games.

Really, I don't see how this is a bad thing. At the very least if they put teams in the resort cities of Cancun and Mazatlan, there will be enough Canadian and American tourists that might check out a game, that they can be successful. However, I don't think finances is the main reason for this. I think the main reason for creating this league is to further develop Mexican hockey. I'd be willing to guess that within 10 years of this league starting, at least one player will be drafted into the NHL.

halfofwhat 05-17-2007 10:34 PM

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Originally Posted by mazmin (Post 9299147)
I can't see many Mexican's wanting to play or watch hockey. And I happen to know quite a few of them.

This will be a waste of time and NRG..

that's probably the lamest comment i've ever read on these boards.

Devs 05-17-2007 11:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Shootmaster_44 (Post 9307944)
Seems to me they have a competitive national team and junior team, at least at the Division 3 level. Also seems to me their national team plays a pre-season tour of the Central Hockey League every year. In fact, I'm pretty sure they've won a fair share of those games.

Really, I don't see how this is a bad thing. At the very least if they put teams in the resort cities of Cancun and Mazatlan, there will be enough Canadian and American tourists that might check out a game, that they can be successful. However, I don't think finances is the main reason for this. I think the main reason for creating this league is to further develop Mexican hockey. I'd be willing to guess that within 10 years of this league starting, at least one player will be drafted into the NHL.

Scott Gomez has you halfway there.

I think hockey in Mexico is great. It grows the game and introduces a sport to a fanbase that can be the very definition of rabid.

Shootmaster_44 05-18-2007 03:23 AM

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Originally Posted by Devs (Post 9310808)
Scott Gomez has you halfway there.

I think hockey in Mexico is great. It grows the game and introduces a sport to a fanbase that can be the very definition of rabid.

You're right about Gomez, but I was meaning out of this league. By 2020, someone will have been drafted from the Mexican Elite League. I wonder if in the twilight of his career Scott Gomez would consider playing down there? If for no other reason than to create a bit of hype surrounding the league. Isn't that the same reason he went to Alaska during the lockout?

Intern 05-18-2007 08:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Shootmaster_44 (Post 9307944)
Seems to me they have a competitive national team and junior team, at least at the Division 3 level. Also seems to me their national team plays a pre-season tour of the Central Hockey League every year. In fact, I'm pretty sure they've won a fair share of those games.

Really, I don't see how this is a bad thing. At the very least if they put teams in the resort cities of Cancun and Mazatlan, there will be enough Canadian and American tourists that might check out a game, that they can be successful. However, I don't think finances is the main reason for this. I think the main reason for creating this league is to further develop Mexican hockey. I'd be willing to guess that within 10 years of this league starting, at least one player will be drafted into the NHL.

I'm pretty sure they made that tour once, losing one game 14-0 and another by a similar margin, though they managed to score once.

Jazz 05-18-2007 02:46 PM

The Mexican national team played the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League last summer and lost 12-0.

More details here: http://forums.internationalhockey.ne...ead.php?t=3417

Devs 05-19-2007 11:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Shootmaster_44 (Post 9311621)
Isn't that the same reason he went to Alaska during the lockout?

He's from Anchorage, Alaska, and the closest he's ever been able to play close to home was Tri-City in the WHL. He played out there to be close to his family and to stay in shape during the lockout.

I think you're being generous by saying that a kid will be drafted out of this league by 2020. If a player is good enough to be drafted into the NHL, I think they would be better served by playing major juniors. The quality of play will need to be markedly improved across the league before it is competative enough for a player to stay there and still be drafted.

EbencoyE 05-19-2007 02:37 PM

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Originally Posted by mazmin (Post 9299147)
I can't see many Mexican's wanting to play or watch hockey.

Not at this moment in time maybe.

But that's why you have to have initiative. Doesn't hurt to try. Atleast it appears the people working for Mexican hockey are actually TRYING to grow the game. That's more than USA Hockey does.

I think this is a good idea. When the World Championships (Div. III) were held in Mexico, there was a lot of excitement and enthusiasm for the sport. The atmosphere was soccer-like and incredible and Mexico's own hockey culture was starting to grow.

And I'd trust the judgement of those behind this project that actually live and work in the area than someone from Winnipeg. Even if he does "happen to know quite a few" Mexicans.

PanniniClaus 05-19-2007 08:30 PM

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Originally Posted by mazmin (Post 9299147)
I can't see many Mexican's wanting to play or watch hockey. And I happen to know quite a few of them.

This will be a waste of time and NRG..

That is some damn scientific research.

LeafErikson* 05-19-2007 08:46 PM

I can see Mexicans liking the game, but I think it has a snowballs chance in hell of ever competing with football, or baseball in that country. I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

P-M Bouchard 05-20-2007 04:44 AM

Link Gaetz and Igor Majesky(Ivans brother) have played in Mexico.
http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/l...008421996.html

BRONX_MADNESS* 05-20-2007 10:42 AM

there are good athletes everywhere, sure mexico can develop talent but it's not likely to happen till well past 2020 b/c of all the popularity/interest in soccer

BraveSirRobin 05-21-2007 12:58 AM

That's great to hear! The Mexican team seems to do pretty well, and from what I've heard there's several Mexican fans who travel to Laredo to watch the Bucks play and there were some other Mexican fans that would do the same thing when the El Paso Buzzards played. The sport will never surpass soccer in popularity, but it doesn't need to for it to succeed.

mikefavata 05-21-2007 11:39 AM

If someone gets a hat trick will they throw sombreros on the ice? :sarcasm:

otthockeyfan 05-21-2007 03:19 PM

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Originally Posted by BRONX_MADNESS (Post 9327256)
there are good athletes everywhere, sure mexico can develop talent but it's not likely to happen till well past 2020 b/c of all the popularity/interest in soccer

Most of the players will come from north america and europe.Players will get paid better then some pro team pay.

TXslapshot 05-22-2007 02:53 PM

I believe Monterrey is also close to ready to fielding a team. They tried to talk the CHL into adding a team called the Monterrey Toros but failed, now the Toros are a competetive mens team, mainly consisting of canadians working in Mty as well as some mexicans that are catching on to the game. Every tournament ive played in Monterrey was nuts, good lookin crowds for the games, good lookin women in the crowds and good bars for afterwards.

Hollywood3 05-28-2007 11:42 PM

The Central League has loads of Mexican fans and arranged exhibition games between CHL teams and Team Mexico.

Baby Nilsson 05-30-2007 11:45 PM

I met a mexican man in Puerto Vallarta who was a fan of Gretzky and the Oilers back in the 80's, so at least we know some of them watch the NHL :D

Also, there was a show that included some sort of fireball hockey in which they played with a ball it on fire. Very cool stuff, some of those guys could really dangle :biglaugh:.. not sure if it was a real sport but at least I think it is a twist on an aztec game.

So given their history I think maybe hockey can have some success in Mexico.

Boom Boom Bear 05-31-2007 03:44 AM

This is such a totally cool idea, I'm really glad to see the sport spread into Mexico.

The CHL should explore the possibilty of franchise start-ups in border towns, they'd make history if it could stick.


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