if Owen Sound buys a boat it wont be so bad, they just cut across the water and they're already on Manitoulin Island.
LOL - that's true! Just have to build a dock outside the Bayshore and the team is on its way. I wouldn't envy them trips in January/February but as long as the winter stays relatively warm as it has the past few, that might just work!
As far as I know the only other team in even remote jeopardy of moving is Erie. I know Mississauga might eventually but the owner just said he's giving it three years before deciding.
I'm not trying to start a rumour but the Bulls have 2 years left on their agreement including 2012-2013. Attendance is down this year and there is no immediate plans for improvements to the Yardmen Arena or a new arena. I've been a season ticket holder for 25 years and hope they never move.
Os would be 31/2 hrs from Sudbury, 5 hrs from the Sault and god knows how far from NorthBay.
Sudbury is a 5 hour drive from Owen Sound. And North Bay is closer than Sudbury is, I actually like the fan's proposed division realignment. I don't think that Barrie would like it, due to much more traveling for them. I ultimately expect the divisions to stay the same.
Last edited by NHL Fanatic: 11-06-2012 at 08:35 PM.
The divisions should stay the same. It's not like we have a team moving from the east to the west geographically (North Bay to Saginaw for example).
Actually, Brampton is moving directly between two teams in their current division.
The argument that that division needs to be busted up because you have a division that stretches from the north (Sud) to the south almost to the US border (NIA) makes no sense either. Maybe, if Guelph were to move to Hamilton, we should bust up the mid-west because Owen Sound is so far from Erie. That would make about as much sense. Did Brampton's moving to North Bay open people's eyes to how far the distance is from Sudbury to Niagara?
What may be the biggest roadblock to creating a north division would be from all the teams themselves who are destined to be in the "northern" division. I doubt they'd want to be a part of a north division. There are the travel concerns (longer trips) with would have most of the teams who would make up the North division.
Most importantly, is the fact that the creation of a north division would further isolate the northern teams from the south. Less trips into the south means less games in front of family and friends since the majority of players in the OHL are from the south due to the heavy population base in the south compared with the north. Right now, the teams from the north regularly make their way into the south since they all have southern teams in their divisions.
Less games in the south means less exposure to the heavy consentration of scouts in the south - primarily along the 401 corridor. Many of the scouts get up to the northern cities once in a while these days but don't really have to because all the north teams make frequent trips to the south. Will all the scouts who currently see these teams get to see them as frequently if they made less trips to the south? I'm not so sure. Right now, the average scout will watch a game in Kitchener on Friday night, one in London on Saturday night, one in Missy on Sunday afternoon and back to Kitchener on Sunday night without spending one night in a hotel room. The same scout likely won't see 4 games in three days if you throw in trips up north.
Since these north division teams are further isolated from the south, these teams may have more trouble than they already do in getting players to report.
There is no reason to reallign. There is more reason NOT to create a northern division.
Welcome back Centennials! Who's idea was it to stick an OHL team in Malton anyways? Looking back 15 years, what a blunder to not build in the north end. 20 minutes closer to Orangeville and Caledon would have been a different story.