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  • Kootney Ice might be moving to Winnipeg


    Quite frankly Iím surprised Winnipeg doesnít already have a team.

    https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/sp...502110172.html

    https://win

    nipegsun.com/sports/hocke...-done-deal/amp
    Last edited by Unityriderguy; 12-08-2018, 08:11 AM.

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    Sorry , first link isnít very good , Iíve posted a better second link

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      Havenít spent much time in Winnipeg but I have no idea how theyíll support NHL, WHL and AHL.

      A 5,000 seat arena seems small for a WHL franchise too.

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      • #4
        People from Winnipeg didn't buy the team to keep it in Cranbrook

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Scotty c View Post
          Havenít spent much time in Winnipeg but I have no idea how theyíll support NHL, WHL and AHL.

          A 5,000 seat arena seems small for a WHL franchise too.
          I agree with wondering how they would support all 3 levels of hockey. As for the 5000 seat arena, the Vancouver Giants used to play at the old Pacific Coliseum, and they used to draw well when they were in the Memorial Cup hunt years ago. Then the rebuilding started and they weren't drawing well anymore. And the Coliseum isn't owned by the Giants, so they moved out to Langley to a much smaller arena...approx. 5200 capacity. And they are not even filling that.

          So, even if the Jets arena could accommodate the WHL team, it would likely be nowhere close to being filled. IMO anyway.

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          • #6
            Winnipeg isn't that big, so I can't imagine there is a whole lot more in sponsorship money to go around either.

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            • #7
              Iím not sure whatís more difficult, running a WHL franchise in small and isolated Cranbrook, or running a WHL franchise in mid-size Winnipeg that already has NHL and AHL.

              I wonder if the AHL team will relocate in a few years.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Maverick View Post
                Iím not sure whatís more difficult, running a WHL franchise in small and isolated Cranbrook, or running a WHL franchise in mid-size Winnipeg that already has NHL and AHL.

                I wonder if the AHL team will relocate in a few years.
                When Edmonton got the Oil Kings , their AHL franchise left

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                • #9
                  The Oilers relocated their AHL affiliate from Toronto to Edmonton for the NHL lockout season. I don't think it was ever meant to stay, just fill some arena dates.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Maverick View Post
                    Iím not sure whatís more difficult, running a WHL franchise in small and isolated Cranbrook, or running a WHL franchise in mid-size Winnipeg that already has NHL and AHL.

                    I wonder if the AHL team will relocate in a few years.
                    The Jets/Clubs/Monarchs and the Warriors all failed in Winnipeg. Gonna be a tough sell. Maybe the move to a surrounding town?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bugsey2k View Post
                      The Oilers relocated their AHL affiliate from Toronto to Edmonton for the NHL lockout season. I don't think it was ever meant to stay, just fill some arena dates.
                      Was that the roadrunners?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Unityriderguy View Post

                        Was that the roadrunners?
                        That's the team!

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                        • #13
                          Swift back to the Central division?

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                          • #14
                            Its been a very long time since Tier 1 was in Winnipeg. It was an abject failure then, but 40 years later that's not very important.

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                            • #15
                              Until I looked it up i had no idea the Winnipeg Jets were a team that played in the WCHL until 73

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