OHL's Battalion Heading to North Bay
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11-05-2012, 09:34 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Good to see OHL hockey return to North Bay. I hope it is both a success and in turn, inspires similar sized cities to also get their act together. There is no reason why Cornwall, Chatham, and Brantford could not host teams. Even Timmins and Thunder Bay, if a travel subsidy could be arranged.
At the same time, it is unfortunate to see another GTA major junior team relocate. Much like in Montreal, it is very difficult for these teams to compete directly against higher end entertainment options and even moreso when they aren't rooted in the community (like the Generals are). Hopefully the Battalion leaving opens up some extra market share for whatever their calling the Mississauga franchise these days. The eastern GTA has the Generals, there is no reason why the western GTA should not be able to support an OHL franchise.
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