I love hockey, but I disagree. After years of seeing NHL talent, the overall experience is a major drop off. After the Whalers left town, we were "rewarded" with the Rangers farm team. Many considered it a slap. After decades of watching stars like Gretzky and Mario, we get an AHL team.
I've got to concur with AtlantaWhaler. Love hockey and I've seen a lot of ECHL hockey over the years. No doubt those boys work hard, but it's not the same. It just isn't.