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02-01-2013, 10:12 PM
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Originally Posted by HansH View Post
Two things:

1) No, the CHL is NOT the "bottom rung" of the pro hockey ladder. That distinction sits with the SPHL, which is clearly a level below the CHL. Whether you consider abortions like the FHL and other "single-A" leagues to be professional or not might add lower and lower rungs... but the CHL, for all its challenges, still puts a product on the ice that is at worst a half-step below the ECHL, and a full step above the SPHL.

2) CHL Oklahoma City folded in the face of competition from the NBA, not the AHL. The AHL team didn't start formal negotiations to play until the CHL team had folded. Blame the Thunder for the end of the Blazers, not the Barons.
In my mind at least the LNAH is the bottom rung of professional hockey. The FHL etc. are below the LNAH in my mind and make up high caliber semi-pro, on par with the Allan Cup leagues.

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