Can (or will) the CHL develop a 4th league?
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09-21-2011, 03:37 PM
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Ontario, Canada
Western Hockey League (16 teams)
16 teams, travel cut down as US teams and Pacific Coast teams don't have to travel to Sask and Manitoba. (Current longest trip is Portland to Brandon, takes about a 25 hour drive, new longest trip would be Portland to Medicine Hat, about 15 hours)
Central Canada League (14 teams)
-Grand Forks (expansion)
-Sault Ste. Marie
-Thunder Bay (expansion)
-North Bay (expansion)
Travel is a HUGE issue in this new league, as well as expansion teams needed to fill in the map between the East and West teams. A Swift Current to Val d'Or road trip would take nearly 34 hours on a bus...... prehaps the league pays for air travel for some of the long road trips?
Ontario Hockey League (18 teams)
Same as now but with no Northern Ontario trips to Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (16 teams)
Same as now except no trips to Western Quebec to visit Royun-Noranda and Val d'Or
Obviously the newly formed Central Canada League has travel issues, but with a schedule format that limits the Western Most and Eastern Most teams from playing each other very often, it could work, but I would hate to see Swift Current and Val d'Or face each other in the finals (would have to be a 2-3-2 or possibly a 3-4 playoff format for it to work and limit travel) Also, just wanted to add that the divisions arent set in stone in anyways, I just worked with a map going from West to East.
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