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  • #46
    Originally posted by riderprider47 View Post
    As a Broncos fan im a bit choked to be going back to the Central, but i get it. I love match ups against Moose Jaw and especially Regina. Playoffs especially. But i feel that way cause its easier for ME to get to MJ and Regina. Go Broncos Go!
    Was talking to a bronco fan at a Warrior game right after Christmas and he was saying most in Swift Current are against moving to the central division as it means longer road trips for the players and playing a good portion of your seasons away games in a different time zone, 1 hr makes a big difference to the players that have school the next day after a trip to Lethbridge of Calgary.

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    • #47
      Originally posted by Rider1989 View Post

      Was talking to a bronco fan at a Warrior game right after Christmas and he was saying most in Swift Current are against moving to the central division as it means longer road trips for the players and playing a good portion of your seasons away games in a different time zone, 1 hr makes a big difference to the players that have school the next day after a trip to Lethbridge of Calgary.
      So... give the boys a spare at the start of the day. Now that they get an extra hour, they don't have to leave as early on GameDays.

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      • #48
        The big winners in Kootenay moving are Medicine Hat... they replace the Ice (long drive, no natural rivalry) with Swift Current, (short drive, good geographical rivalry; and Brandon. The losers are Swift Current... way more driving to road games in Alberta, and few geographical rivalries; and Moose Jaw who lose a great rivalry with Swift only to gain games with Winnipeg.

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        • #49
          Originally posted by nernzi19 View Post

          The Moose aren't going anywhere anytime soon. The Jets love having them in Winnipeg
          Not to mention the Jets and the Moose are owned by the same group, the Ice are owned by others. So True North has no incentive to move the Moose over this.

          The WHL really wanted Kootenay in Nanaimo but when that fell through Winnipeg was really the only other option.

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          • #50
            Originally posted by tommy_boy View Post

            Not to mention the Jets and the Moose are owned by the same group, the Ice are owned by others. So True North has no incentive to move the Moose over this.

            The WHL really wanted Kootenay in Nanaimo but when that fell through Winnipeg was really the only other option.
            I read yesterday that the Ice aren't going to play at MTS Centre (or whatever it's called now), they're going to play at the U of M. That rink looks like a dump

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            • #51
              Originally posted by Rider1989 View Post

              Was talking to a bronco fan at a Warrior game right after Christmas and he was saying most in Swift Current are against moving to the central division as it means longer road trips for the players and playing a good portion of your seasons away games in a different time zone, 1 hr makes a big difference to the players that have school the next day after a trip to Lethbridge of Calgary.
              Don't kid yourself, the kids are there to play hockey, not go to school

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              • #52
                Originally posted by nernzi19 View Post

                I read yesterday that the Ice aren't going to play at MTS Centre (or whatever it's called now), they're going to play at the U of M. That rink looks like a dump
                They are building a brand new 4000 seat arena that will be open for the 2021/2022 season. it will be in the suburbs so I imagine that free and accessible parking along with $15-$25 tickets will help them be successful. I am guessing playing in the 1400 seat arena at the university for a couple years will make it hard to make any money.

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                • #53
                  Originally posted by nernzi19 View Post

                  Don't kid yourself, the kids are there to play hockey, not go to school
                  Pretty much.

                  The 16 and 17 year olds are the only ones who go to school. The 18, 19 and 20 year olds, who make up most teams, don't go to high school.

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by tommy_boy View Post

                    Not to mention the Jets and the Moose are owned by the same group, the Ice are owned by others. So True North has no incentive to move the Moose over this.

                    The WHL really wanted Kootenay in Nanaimo but when that fell through Winnipeg was really the only other option.
                    Not sure where you got that idea about Nanaimo. The WHL quite liked the location of Cranbrook. It broke the travelling up for teams from the prairies going to the U.S. and into BC....and vice versa.
                    Some teams travelling through would practice here when the Ice were on the road.
                    Unfortunately Jeff Chynoweth lost the connection with the fans here to the point that some season ticket holders refused to renew their tickets. The fans here respected and embraced Ed, but after he passed away it started to go downhill.
                    Lots of rumors were going around about several offers to buy the Ice. Some feel that Jeff sold to these guys from Winnipeg knowing full well that they planned on moving the team right from the start. Two Winnipeg Ice domains were purchased a few weeks after the sale of the team went through. They had a 2 year plan to make it happen, and they did just that. There are a lot of angry long time season ticket holders here. Many of them had their tickets for 20 years, since the Ice first arrived.
                    When the domain news broke, a committee here raised over $18,000 dollars in 10 days, but the new owners refused to comment or have anything to do with the committee, so the committee stopped raising money and returned what money they raised because the new owners showed no interest in what they were doing.
                    When they held the press conference to announce that the team was moving, it was for the media only. Probably safer for them, as everybody knew they were lying through their teeth to get what they wanted. There are lots of articles out there to verify how the new owners went about it.
                    It was suggested that they call themselves the Winnipeg Weasels

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                    • #55
                      Wonder what the name will be? Will they keep the name “ice” just like cranbrook did when they left Edmonton

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                      • #56
                        Who is paying for the new arena at Oak Bluff?
                        Last edited by Grainshoveler; 01-31-2019, 05:55 PM.

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                        • #57
                          Just another league that Winnipeg ca go without winning a championship in.

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                          • #58
                            Originally posted by Unityriderguy View Post
                            Wonder what the name will be? Will they keep the name “ice” just like cranbrook did when they left Edmonton
                            Yes that's their plan. Winnipeg Ice. https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/sp...505042732.html
                            Last edited by BC Green; 01-31-2019, 06:52 PM.

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                            • #59
                              Originally posted by BC Green View Post

                              Not sure where you got that idea about Nanaimo. The WHL quite liked the location of Cranbrook. It broke the travelling up for teams from the prairies going to the U.S. and into BC....and vice versa.
                              The WHL promised Nanaimo a team starting the 2018 season if they voted 'yes' on their referendum for a new arena. While the league didn't come right out and say it, everyone within the league knew it would have been Kootenay moving there. The WHL wanted a second team on the island so teams could play two games after travelling.

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                              • #60
                                Originally posted by tommy_boy View Post

                                The WHL promised Nanaimo a team starting the 2018 season if they voted 'yes' on their referendum for a new arena. While the league didn't come right out and say it, everyone within the league knew it would have been Kootenay moving there. The WHL wanted a second team on the island so teams could play two games after travelling.
                                Did the yes vote go through?

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