realistically what markets are there that the Q could re-locate to?
Fredericton - UNB owns the rink and they dont want another team
Summerside - too close to Charlottetown (2 Island teams prob wont work)
Corner Brook - has an arena and no competition, but would travel kill them?
Trois Rivieres - old small rink, too close to Shawinigan?
No where really in Nova Scotia, anywhere else in Quebec with a big enough arena/population? And would the league really want to go back to the States?
With the league wanting to get more US kids in the league you would think they would want a couple US teams to help with that, and Lewiston was the ideal market to start with but with no other US teams for rivals it hurt them.
I just looked at corner brooks arena and that is an amazing arena but your right the cost wouldnt work with only 1 nfld team I dont know of any teams looking to move maybe Bathurst I think the attendance in PEI is slowly growing our weekend games have been prety good since first of december and we are a last place team finally rebuilding so I think we will see the attendance back some nothing like it was in our first couple yrs but I can see us averaging 2500 easy in a yr or 2 if the rebuild stays on track
Boisbriand's success will finally wake those dinosaurs up... no more Verdun but more Montreal north/south shore teams. And NOT Laval.
South shore = Boucherville
North shore = Repentigny
Repentigny and Boisbriand are far enough that one wouldn't steal the other's fanbase. Montrealers would also be 20 mins max from either the Boucherville or the Repentigny team... $$$$$
I don't think there are rinks in Boucherville or Repentigny though. Get on it! Boisbriand's success speaks for itself... a bunch of wealthy Québécois families with nothing to do in the Winter = Let's go see some exciting junior hockey!
Montreal should have a team, legit the Q should have 24 teams.
Add teams in:
Maine (give it another go)
I'd like to see the first three, I think that Saint John's might be a flop though. They didn't really care for the Fog Devils, and that was when there wasn't AHL hockey there. The travel would be awful too. Trois-Rivières needs a team back though. And bring back the Éperviers! Sorel's arena (Colisée Cardin) is apparently one of the best arenas in Québec without a major (i.e. QMJHL or NHL) tenant.
My issue with American teams is that I don't see there being two, and having one is just sort of annoying. I know that this isn't that big of a deal, but everyone is going to have to get passports (and visas for the Euro players) all to accommodate one team. It just seems easier to keep it a Québec/Maritime league.
What about places like Sallaberry-de-Valleyfield? If it isn't too close to Boisbriand, and if they figured out getting a new arena, we could even look at making a return to Saint-Jérôme. I really can't think of anywhere else in Québec, save for more Montréal area teams. I'm not sure that Greater-Québec would be a good idea (i.e. Beauport).
There's certainly always Cornwall too, but that has issues of its own.