Major AHL Shakeup? Abbotsford to NY, Peoria to Abbotsford, STL affiliates w/ Chicago?
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05-03-2013, 02:05 PM
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: San Diego
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What is Peoria in terms of fanbase?
It is just as close to either market, so being in state I can see the Hawks leading, or I can see "dis enchantment" with Chicago and rebels going with the Blues.
Common sense says that Peoria's fanbase is and was a "Peoria" market, and has been for the 31 uninterrupted years that the city has had pro hockey with the Prancers/Rivermen (started in the IHL in 1982, shifted to the ECHL in 1996, then to the AHL in 2005) and the 10 years of semi-pro hockey they had immediately before in the ContinentalHL.
(It irritates me when NHL people come in and think that NHL team rooting interests are the only thing that matters in a minor-league hockey town's fan base).
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