Anyone hear of expansion/merger plans for ECHL, CHL, SPHL FOR 2013-14?
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03-25-2013, 07:48 AM
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Good points. If they do join, it'd pretty much have to be all of them at once or else there could not be much point in continuing what's left of the CHL with dwindling membership. It seems like that league is slowly dying anyway, from what little I know. Would it be better/stable for minor pro hockey if the E was the only league that represented the 'Triple-A' level?
At this point, it makes the best economic sense to have one "AA" league as opposed to two of them. It's very similar to what the IHL and AHL went through in the 1990s when they competed for the same talent pool. The IHL had a failed economic model (much like today's CHL does) and wound up being absorbed into the AHL. Since then, AAA-level hockey has been more stable...relatively speaking, of course.
If the ranks of AA hockey were trimmed down to 30 teams, you'd see much less turnover in markets. The CHL is on the verge of being a revolving door with markets like Denver, Saint Charles, and Brampton as recent additions. Other hockey products have already struggled in those markets, and I doubt they'll find sudden success in something like the CHL which is now becoming a glorified SPHL in terms of talent.
The CHL is either going to fold or become part of the ECHL in the next couple years. It doesn't have enough solid markets to remain as a viable stand-alone league very much longer.
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