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04-16-2013, 08:11 AM
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MM658
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Originally Posted by LadyStanley View Post
The NHL has a 50 mile territory window. (IOW, 50 miles from city limit and any other team's 50 mile "spread" that intersects would require approval -- usually in the form of territory indemnification payment.)

I don't know that the AHL does.

Worcester and Springfield are awfully close. (Also Connecticut and Providence.)
When the Springfield Indians became the Worcester IceCats in '94, and the Springfield Falcons came into existence, there was a 50-mile territory window. Worcester had to approve the new Springfield franchise (ironic, since they had just acquired the old Springfield franchise).

Also, I seem to recall that the Falcons had to approve the Hartford franchise.

I don't have links to confirm either situation - the first was too long ago, and for the second, I'm too lazy.

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