Major AHL Shakeup? Abbotsford to NY, Peoria to Abbotsford, STL affiliates w/ Chicago?
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04-06-2013, 06:10 PM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Ft. McMurray Ab
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Aren't most if not all of those markets controlled by the WHL and ECHL?
Some yes, but there are untapped markets. Also some of the WHL franchises are in cities that are better suited to a pro team over a junior team. Saskatoon for instance. Hell I'd even say one of Medicine Hat or Lethbridge would be better off with an AHL team.
I really think to build fanbases loyal to their teams the AHL should concentrate on localizing the teams a little closer to their home franchises. Abbotsford makes sense for Vancouver, Fort McMurray would make sense for Edmonton. A place like OKC makes sense for Colorado or St. Louis more than it does for Edmonton.
As for the ECHL...I think they should be more reactive to the AHL then the AHL being reactive of them.
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