I was randomly looking at the final regular season standings and noticed that not one team played the same number of games this year. That has got to be on the top ten list of signs you're playing in a ghetto hockey league...
Apparently the FHL tried to put teams in Elmira, NY and Johnstown, PA. Generally Dan Kreiger is right on with his information. Here is the link to this: LINK
Think I know why they declined Elmira:
Was talking to somebody in town that knows an FHL Official or two. Robbie sent in the FHL application.
He told Stephen Heisler on his site that he was not going to apply, yet he did. I knows when WETM talked about the FHL visiting town Nichols talked about "exploring all options to possibly lower costs" Apparently he doeesn't know Afr too well, he wouldn't stoop down to bad Hockey. Yopu notice when his Colonial League/UHL started falling apart he bolted to the E?
Robbie ALSO told the FHL that the ECHL and Afr would not be back in Elmira next year because he was being thrown out for not paying his taxes.
The FHL knows of nothing going on here except for what Nichols told them, which was nothing more than his wants. They don't know about the investigation going on, lawsuits or the foreclosure deal. All they knew was that Robbie told them Afr was out long time before his deadline was up to pay.
The guy I was talking to recieved a phone call because he was inquiring the league after Heisler ran his story. He has since clued them in on whats going on here.
makes sense, Lewiston should aim a little higher, like ECHL or get another junior team
I think the ECHL would work in a market like Lewiston, because what Wildcat48 and I found during the first FHL game people liked the fact they were seeing men rather than "kids."
For someone like me, who started to follow hockey as I much as I do now because of the Lewiston Maineiacs and seeing prospects so the ECHL would have some prospects, not the big names, but it would do.
Obviously with the AHL 40 minutes down the road that would makes sense from affiliation stand point, but what makes the ECHL not viable in Lewiston is the fact theres no other ECHL team in New England.
The Colisee wants to bring the USHL in because they believe the USHL on the verge of Eastern expansion. The USHL wouldn't confirm or deny that, but speaking with others in the hockey community they believe the USHL wouldn't work out east/New England because of the over-saturation of hockey.
So who knows what happens. The only thing thats a grantee is the Portland Pirates will be playing a handful of games in Lewiston each season for the foreseeable future.