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Cornwall, Ontario to FHL

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TcFlint

The Cornwall Nationals begin play in the Federal Hockey League beginning in October ad the only Canadian team in the FHL. Love their 5,000 seat arena. Next season, the Carolina Thunderbird (Winstom-Salem, NC) will join the Single A Pro League.

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Mr Ricochet

http://www.federalhockey.com/news/fhl-formally-approved-membership-to-cornwall-ontar Nice! That brings the league to 8 or 9 teams?

 

 


Mitch Gagne, is owner of Dangles And Dekes Hockey Inc. a successful hockey program provider in Cornwall. Mitch has also worked in one instance or another with every team that's been in existent the last 22 years from the American Hockey League’s Cornwall Aces to the most recent Cornwall River Kings of the LNAH.

 

 

What kind of team you think they will ice trying to attract fans used to seeing the LNAH?

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kwey24

Thus far in their signings they've been trying to sign local guys. It'll be interesting to see if Joel Trottier still has. They are trying to acquire Ahmed Mahfouz, too. I don't see the Nationals having a gong-show team. The rest of the league is getting too good for a team to be on the penalty kill all the time. There's a real chance the Nationals will be the most physical team in the league, but I don't think it'll spill over into gong show.

 

Obviously, the Cornwall Colts junior team is still there, but hopefully the Nationals can average 1,500 fans or so per game. If LNAH fans are expecting a fight club, they won't get what they want. They'll still get, however, the level of pro hockey closest to the LNAH and which has reached a reasonable level of skill. For those of us who have followed Single-A hockey since the late 90's, we've seen a lot of leagues that never got anywhere close to what the Federal League has achieved. The Fed is starting to approach what the SPHL originally was, now that the SPHL is starting to approach the caliber of what the now defunct Central Hockey League was. At every level, the skill level of the players is going up and up, but I think it's most dramatic (at the pro level) in the ECHL, SPHL, and FHL.

 

This is a great time to be a hockey fan (not that there ever isn't).

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