Could the Battalion be on the move? (EDIT: Yes, to North Bay)
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09-27-2012, 08:54 AM
Join Date: Dec 2007
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I'm surprised that the OHL hasn't already put a team in western NY. Most teams already travel through the area on their way to Erie, and it would lock up NY state for OHL draft purposes. Upstate may be more of a challenge from a travel perspective (for western conference teams mostly -- Ottawa/Kingston/Belleville could travel relatively easily).
I think Ontario is at it's limit (maybe beyond?) and the usual suspects for teams are "iffy" at best. North Bay, Cornwall, Hamilton and Chatham not sure would work with real dark horses being Brantford and Stratford (almost zero chances)
Agreed about WNY, too bad Rochester and Syracuse are locked into the AHL. Not sure if a team in Buffalo area would work either.
The other US city could be Toledo with abrand new arena of 8000 seats but they have minor league team.
To be honest I would be very very happy with contraction!
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