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05-10-2013, 12:47 AM
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Originally Posted by mfrerkes View Post
I agree regarding Brampton. It is (at best) an unproven commodity in AA hockey and was an abject failure in junior hockey. If the CHL survives another season, I think Brampton's attendance could go lower than the 1,762 Fort Worth averaged this past season.

I'd put Quad City or Bloomington ahead of Brampton for an ECHL franchise...not that either are particularly strong hockey markets. They just have a better overall history than Brampton does right now. They'd also work well enough to fit between the North or Central divisions.
The Victoria Salmon Kings succeeded in the ECHL, and they would still be around today if the owner of the Chilliwack Bruins decided to keep the team in Chilliwack. I have a feeling that the Beast may draw better than you all think they will.

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