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Aceface905

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  1. Potential Expansion

    I can't see them going north of Ohio under any circumstances. Peoria being in the league makes Dayton a little more plausible, but the arena's been condemned and I think is being torn down? So unless someone wants to pay Nutter Center's jacked up rents (that killed the ECHL Bombers) I don't see them getting another team anytime soon...
  2. I had to do a double-take because Marshall's fledgling hockey club isn't playing Cincinnati at all but that's pretty spiffy. Of course even spiffier is that we won, but...
  3. Farewell to the Joe

    Joe Louis Arena was much younger than Olympia--but both closed as the second-oldest arena in the league at that time. How time flies...
  4. Return of the Bulls?

    Ahh, okay. Wasn't entirely familiar with the whole setup there so I saw that big empty space in the floorplan and thought "ooo a solution!"
  5. Return of the Bulls?

    Could probably set up some temp-bleachers in the open end? Also, just curious, what is the league minimum on capacity? 4000?
  6. Potential Relocation

    I'm all for repurposing big-box stores. Hope this works out for you guys
  7. FHL's Future Unclear?

    Interesting, and a little disheartening, but not entirely surprising given the work they've done.
  8. FHL's Future Unclear?

    I heard about the FHL being interested in Huntington a few years ago. The then-manager told them the going price he wanted, and never heard from them again... it's a new manager personnel-wise, but it's SMG here, and they've managed to turn it into a very highly-regarded concert venue. They're not gonna give that up without assurance that they're not turning it into a money pit, which is precisely what an FHL team would be.
  9. More Expansion Ideas

    Louisville is a great market and I've never entirely understood why nobody's given it another crack. Last time they had a team was the AHL Panthers owned by Mostafa Afr, last seen attempting--and thankfully failing--to drive the Elmira Jackals into the ground. That was 15 years ago, though. Venue might be the biggest hurdle; Yum Center and Freedom Hall are both HUGE, so Broadbent Arena might be the best bet, but I understand they would need a new ice plant there. For that matter at one point there was a proposal to renovate the old Louisville Gardens for a junior team, but that vanished with nary a whisper. I've been a longtime champion of Huntington, WV--ex-ECHL, arena's still there--about 5700 seats, all replaced a few years ago--and as far as I'm aware the ice plant is there but it would need some work, and the other hockey-specific stuff would need to be replaced. I'd need to revamp my notes though, I actually had a proposal written up a few years ago and it's just a smidge out of date.
  10. List Of Perfect Cities/arenas For The Sphl

    For that matter, I would think in a market the size of Birmingham a properly-run team should nearly sell out a 3500-seat rink on a regular basis.
  11. I can say conclusively that Huntington is not going to be in this league. Yet.
  12. Depends on how not-regulation it is I guess... this picture looks REALLY small though. http://visitingmontgomery.com/play/ice-palace-at-eastdale-mall (They do have broomball games there though )
  13. Your 2013 Fhl Champions

    Danbury will be a non-starter. I could see Dayton if and only if the league expanded to Kentucky or West Virginia, and even those are big ifs. The sense I get is that the SPHL won't move north of the Ohio River or west of Louisiana unless it's in their best interests, and tbh propping up a market on its third team in five years doesn't seem like it's in the best interests of the league (otherwise they'd still be trying to crack Winston-Salem!)
  14. Your 2013 Fhl Champions

    They were sending players to the ECHL, so it was definitely on the same developmental level I'd say.
  15. Your 2013 Fhl Champions

    Toward the bottom I think--they're big fish in the infested algae bloom that is the FHL.
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