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08-04-2011, 08:17 PM
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go_leafs_go02
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oh yeah. You should really look into what went on.

WHL pushed and pushed for a team to move to Victoria - now that I can understand that Victoria could be a good market for the WHL, but there was a local offer (multiple offers actually) to keep the team in Chilliwack, as it had been there 5 years, was doing alright for attendance and hadn't even won a playoff round yet. Instead the WHL said, forget Chilliwack, Victoria's better, and let them move suddenly to Victoria because they did not permit ownership to sell locally.

Fans of other teams, including Kamloops, Kootenay, Red Deer and any other small to mid-market WHL teams should watch out. That league doesn't care about existing franchises. It sees greener pastures on the other side and who knows who will be uprooted suddenly next to another City.

Somehow, in 2005, the league stopped Tri Cities from moving to Chilliwack - and they're thriving pretty good right now. Too bad Chilliwack was never given a fair shake.

And Yeah, Victoria hasn't even sold 1500 season tickets yet. That's really a better City. Chilliwack had 2100 last year, we'll see if Victoria can even match that in year 1.

Oh, and enjoy Zach Habscheid, he's one player you're gonna just love....yeah right.

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