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10-28-2004, 11:34 PM
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If there is any place in the Lower Mainland who has a WHL-capable arena, it's Chilliwack. They just opened a new arena that seats roughly 3,000. Chilliwack is more do-able than Surrey because it is roughly 45 minutes outside of Greater Vancouver. Fans in places like Abbotsford, Langley, Hope, and other smaller centres in the area might rather go to Chilliwack to see a game than into Surrey and Vancouver.

The reason the OHL is successful with 4 teams in Greater Toronto is because the teams, with the exception of Bramptom, have been around for many years. The league has had time to grow. The WHL is relatively new in Vancouver. Yes, there used to be the New Westminster Bruins, but that was also back when the WHL didn't depend on the marketing and ticket sales that it does now.

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