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04-02-2012, 05:44 PM
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Andre Poodle Lussier
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Originally Posted by Green Men Rule View Post
Nice. Wow, I had no idea the Charlotte Checkers were that old.

Why did this league fold?
Split into two leagues -- the NAHL (for the northern teams) and the SHL (for southern).

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/229.html

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/148.html

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.

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