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01-23-2011, 03:20 PM
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AHL in Indiana?

Does anyone know why Indianapolis does not have an AHL team? I know they had a team way back when, but I've heard nothing recent. They had the Ice in the IHL/CHL, but it doesn't seem like hockey was much of a draw in the city. It seems like a city that should have a bigger hockey market, but other than the Racers in the WHA haven't had much since. Is that because of the other sports options?

Fort Wayne is another town that seems like a great fit for the AHL, as they lead the CHL, and formerly the IHL, in attendance, drawing big numbers to the Komets games. They are out-drawing most AHL teams with an average of 7,388 - an average that was consistent in the IHL over the years.

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There's been talk and rumors about Fort Wayne for years. someone else can help fill in the details but in short: the owners of the Komets don't want to be in the AHL, that's why they held the IHL afloat until it essentially merged with the Central Hockey League last summer.

Indy does have a new Ice franchise playing in the USHL, it gets a good amount of support and is always usually a top team in the USHL. Also the Ice have produced a good number of top NHL prospects.

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I think Indy is all about finding an owner, I don't know what Horn Chen is up to.

Ft. Wayne does not want to be in a league that has a players union. That rules out the AHL. It may rule out the ECHL too, I'm not sure about that one. If they had to charge more to cover higher player salaries their attendance would go down!

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There's been talk and rumors about Fort Wayne for years. someone else can help fill in the details but in short: the owners of the Komets don't want to be in the AHL, that's why they held the IHL afloat until it essentially merged with the Central Hockey League last summer.

Indy does have a new Ice franchise playing in the USHL, it gets a good amount of support and is always usually a top team in the USHL. Also the Ice have produced a good number of top NHL prospects.
Ft. Wayne did not keep the IHL afloat. They weren't even in the league at the end.


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I think Indy is all about finding an owner, I don't know what Horn Chen is up to.

Ft. Wayne does not want to be in a league that has a players union. That rules out the AHL. It may rule out the ECHL too, I'm not sure about that one. If they had to charge more to cover higher player salaries their attendance would go down!
I hears rumours they don't want to be part of a union but eventually, I think they will have to cave.

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Well, Indianapolis is a non-starter with the current circumstances -- the USHL team is owned by the son-in-law of the Pacers owners, and the Pacers control booking of the NBA arena (Conseco Fieldhouse?) which is the only venue available for pro-level hockey (other than the venue in which the USHL team plays)... and they're not going to cut their son-in-law's business throat.

Fort Wayne IS in a league with a union now, actually -- remember, this is the 2nd season in which the PHPA has represented the CHL players... in fact, there was some reporting that in order for the IHL teams to play in the CHL this season (as they are doing), some money had to change hands between the Frankes and the PHPA to redress issues from the Frankes' departure from the _real_ IHL a while back.

That said, they're still printing money as a CHL team, despite their less-than-stellar on-ice performance so far this year, and there's no really compelling business reason to move up to the AHL, unfortunately for the fans in Fort Wayne who want AHL product for what they feel is currently AHL-level prices (which is, apparently, a minority of the overall fanbase).

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Ft. Wayne did not keep the IHL afloat. They weren't even in the league at the end.
Pretty sure he meant the IHL 2.0 that was around in recent years, not the "good" one.

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Pretty sure he meant the IHL 2.0 that was around in recent years, not the "good" one.
There was a second one???

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