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04-08-2013, 10:38 PM
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And most of us live in places like The Woodlands, Katy, or Sugarland which can be terrible drives into town in Houston traffic.
I live in The Woodlands and the commute to Aeros games is not that bad at all. Hardy Toll Road to 610 to 59 straight in to Minute Maid Park and then to the Toyota Center. No problem there. I don't think an NHL team would be any worse unless there was an Astros game going on at Minute Maid at the same time.

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I live in The Woodlands and the commute to Aeros games is not that bad at all. Hardy Toll Road to 610 to 59 straight in to Minute Maid Park and then to the Toyota Center. No problem there. I don't think an NHL team would be any worse unless there was an Astros game going on at Minute Maid at the same time.
There you go.

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How is the partnership process going in Houston? Do you think there's a chance the Coyotes move to Houston? Where are the Wild looking at going if they don't continue having a team in Houston? Is any of this affecting the fans of the Aeros and their attendance/excitement?

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Lots of questions there. Only thing I'll say is reading the tea leaves, the Aeros sadly are on their last legs in Houston and will be playing elsewhere next season. That place will likely be Des Moines, Iowa
http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/201830011.html

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**** what Russo says lol. Only thing I can hope for is we go to the Calder Cup Final again

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Ok... so let's just say that The Aeros are moving, and Houston gets to keep the Aeros name.

WHAT NAME WOULD YOU WANT FOR THE NEW DES MOINES AHL TEAM?


Personally, I'd stick with the wilderness theme, and Iowa is one of the best Whitetail deer hunting states in the US. So maybe something to do with Whitetail deer like the
"Iowa Bucks"

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Ok... so let's just say that The Aeros are moving, and Houston gets to keep the Aeros name.

WHAT NAME WOULD YOU WANT FOR THE NEW DES MOINES AHL TEAM?


Personally, I'd stick with the wilderness theme, and Iowa is one of the best Whitetail deer hunting states in the US. So maybe something to do with Whitetail deer like the
"Iowa Bucks"
Iowa Bacon?

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The hell? Where did you hear this? I find this utterly hilarious if true.
My father used work with people that did the contracts. Still have his email and looked through it the other day. I found it funny.

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What would happen to the Bucs or Stampede if an AHL team was moved to Des Moines or Sioux Falls?

Obviously, it'd be great to have the youngsters close by, but I don't know if those two markets are viable. Sioux Falls would probably be the better bet based on their growth.
Can't speak for SF, but the Bucs were not affected at all when the Iowa Stars/Chops were in Des Moines. Bucs games were more of a party atmosphere and a place to hang out and get cheap beer and be loud. Stars games were more about the actual hockey. Of course, the result of that difference was that no one went to Stars games since hockey isn't exactly the most popular sport in DSM. Could be different with more of a regional tie- in if they had the Wild's farm team, but I would be surprised if they did well attendence- wise despite having a nice arena in a good location. But hey, maybe that just means more tickets available for weekend road trips for Wild fans?

Don't mean to make light of the situation, though. Even if the Aeros don't exactly fill the building, it always sucks to lose a team.

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I hope the NHL has learned from Nashville and Atlanta that expansion in a non-traditional hockey market is a bad idea.

If Phoenix is being moved, and the NHL plans on adding 2 teams to balance the divisions, move phoenix to Houston so they have a chance to establish a fan base. Houston isn't going to support an expansion franchise... Putting an expansion team in Toronto... that'd work.
Probably don't want to toss Nashville out there when bashing "non-traditional" markets.

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Probably don't want to toss Nashville out there when bashing "non-traditional" markets.
There's no denying the fact that Nashville is a "non-traditional" hockey market...but I think they are fairly stable. More stable then say, Miami and Phoenix. The reason for that is their fairly long run of making the playoffs. I wonder what happens if and when they hit a playoff drought? We witnessed some fan apathy here recently, it would be magnified ten-fold in a town like Nashville.


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It isn't about Nashville being "non-traditional". It is about lumping them in with Atlanta and insinuating Nashville is a bad market. Go have a look at the growth of youth hockey in Nashville, pretty much tells you what you need to know about how they're doing as a market.

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That really is too bad about being unable to reach a deal to keep playing at Toyota center, lots of history in Houston for the aeros.

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Remember the North Stars attendance the year they moved wasn't great because fans were so ticked off at Norm Green.

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Rumors resurface that Aeros are leaving Houston

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An announcement could be coming in the next couple of weeks, basically after the Aeros' season, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Tuesday.

The Aeros, affliated with the NHL's Minnesota Wild, are expected to move to Des Moines, Iowa.
http://www.chron.com/sports/more/art...on-4420372.php

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Remember the North Stars attendance the year they moved wasn't great because fans were so ticked off at Norm Green.
That was part of it....But there were some attendance issues before Norm Green bought the team as well.

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Sounds like Aeros to Some Monks. Wonder if they change the name to be more "Wild-like".

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Ok... so let's just say that The Aeros are moving, and Houston gets to keep the Aeros name.

WHAT NAME WOULD YOU WANT FOR THE NEW DES MOINES AHL TEAM?


Personally, I'd stick with the wilderness theme, and Iowa is one of the best Whitetail deer hunting states in the US. So maybe something to do with Whitetail deer like the
"Iowa Bucks"
Chops.

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Chops.
Yeah, I remember that team. They didn't last long in Iowa.

Was that ANA's farm team?

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It isn't about Nashville being "non-traditional". It is about lumping them in with Atlanta and insinuating Nashville is a bad market. Go have a look at the growth of youth hockey in Nashville, pretty much tells you what you need to know about how they're doing as a market.
My point wasn't that hockey didn't succeed... But an inferior product stunted the speed that hockey caught on.

My point is, if you are gonna put the NHL in Houston, make it a relocation not an expansion or it may never work, or at best take a while to catch on

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My point wasn't that hockey didn't succeed... But an inferior product stunted the speed that hockey caught on.

My point is, if you are gonna put the NHL in Houston, make it a relocation not an expansion or it may never work, or at best take a while to catch on
Relocation didn't help Phoenix much.

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