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10-01-2012, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by BK Triple Threat View Post
Fair point, I just was making a case that the ECHL is an All America league and the AHL technically isn't.
I think the league is just trying to take advantage of "Brand Recognition". I don't think the league cares so much about what the acronym stands for because people know it as the "E" or ECHL. People know what level of hockey that is and what product they should be expecting. I think they wanted to avoid the mess that has happened in the "alphabet go round" in other leagues, with leagues changing names and levels. The second coming of the IHL was certainly nothing like the first. I live in a place with about 5 people who really follow hockey. If the ECHL changed it's name people at least in this town would think it was a whole different league. We went through the WSHL/ECHL merger and people had no clue that hockey would be getting better and not worse. I think a great many ECHL cities are just like mine.

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