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NAHL Divisions for 2013-14

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Because it came up in a different thread, here are the divisions for the NAHL in 2013-14.

 

http://www.nahl.com/news/story.cfm?id=8693

 

Of note, the Jamestown Ironmen have ceased operations for 2013-14, which means, wait for it, Johnstown is on an island, just like I predicted they would be.

 

While Johnstown had good attendance last year, I still wonder how long they go at it as a team on an island.

 

That said, Fairbanks and Kenai River are still in the league. (Kenai River doesn't make sense to me--I like the team, but I don't understand how it's possible for it to survive.

 

And Utica has an AHL team again, so anything is possible. Boy, I feel like I'm back in the late 80's again... I'm not real big on Binghamton still having an AHL team, let alone Utica...

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hackshow22

I would keep a close eye on that region (Johnstown, Jamestown, etc.) for 2014/2015.

 

I am not 100% sure but I believe the NAHL helps subsidize some of the travel costs for the teams having to go to/from Alaska. Biggest key is going to be the game/travel schedule. Look for the West Division to be revitalized for 2014-2015.

 

The AHL team in Utica won't last long. Utica College has too much of a hardcore following, and I doubt they lose a significant % of their fan base.

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Mr Ricochet

What are the arena standards for the NAHL? Do they allow teams in rec rinks with 1,000 seats? .......Looking at this map that Kwey posted it's a shame they can't make something work in the Chicago Metro area, specifically 50+ miles south of Chicago in the Joliet area. Hockey fans in this area (Will County) are 50 miles from the Steel (USHL), Wolves (AHL) and Blackhawks (NHL).

 

They do have Tier III hockey (Chicago Jr Bulldogs) 15 miles north in Romeoville at the Canlan Ice Sports Arena Never been in this joint, but know they have two sheets and I believe the larger of the two seats maybe 1,000.

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minor life

Tier II standards for seating are 1500 I believe.

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kwey24

Minor Life is correct. According to the 2012-13 USA Hockey Annual Guide, the minimum fixed seating for a Tier II team (NAHL) is 1,500. Teams that were in the league before 2006 are exempt from this rule if they maintain a $100,000 line of credit. Of note, NAHL teams must also maintain a minimum budget of $250,000. I suspect Coulee Region may be exempt because the franchise is exempt, as the North Iowa Outlaws moved to Coulee Region but existed before the exemption date. They might claim the Omni Center has fixed seating of 1,500, but I'd challenge that. It's not too far off, though, and they don't pack the place anyway. Because it's not working for me to hit enter and format text into paragraphs, I'm going to stop here. (No, it's not my keyboard that's the problem.)

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kwey24

As far adding an NAHL team to the Joliet area, an arena that fits that bills does not currently exist in that area. Inwood Ice Arena in Joliet is short about 500. People might argue that Homewood-Flossmoor's rink seats enough, but I wouldn't put an NAHL team there. If I were a prospect NAHL owner, I wouldn't put a team in that region, because all of the teams in that region are in varying levels of despair. Coulee Region has had unstable ownership and is consistently below 1,000 in attendance and isn't even close. Janesville isn't too far below the 1,000 mark I'd like to see, but it still falls short. Springfield was in some trouble a couple years ago before gaining new ownership, but I can only wonder how long they can make it on a bit of an island, since the St. Louis Bandits and the Chicago Hitmen are now defunct. The Michigan teams are all in precarious positions, in my opinion. The Soo Eagles' attendance is low, and the Sault Ste. Marie area is already pretty saturated with other hockey on both sides of the border. While the NOJHL is not on firm footing, either, I have to wonder if it would have been better to stay in that league, as neither Flint nor Port Huron are really that close, and both of them are in a precarious position. We might see Flint get to a place where it can make it, but fat good it'll do them out there all alone. I certainly would mind seeing a new arena built in or near Joliet so that the Chicago Steel could move there and become relevant and get attendance on par with the rest of the league. There had been talks of an arena of Double A hockey caliber for the Joliet area, but that has not yet come to fruition. It is an underserved area that could support USHL hockey, maybe an ECHL team, and certainly a Single A team if it were to get that and to become part of a Midwest Single-A league. If the Steel were to ever move out of The Edge to some newer, larger arena, The Edge would certainly be of NAHL caliber in terms of seating. Hard to know if attendance would go down a lot from a USHL team to an NAHL team. Again, I wouldn't put an NAHL team in Chicago, though. Nope, if I were looking to place a team in the NAHL, I'd be looking in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi (especially Texas, and especially Laredo).

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Mr Ricochet

I certainly would mind seeing a new arena built in or near Joliet so that the Chicago Steel could move there and become relevant and get attendance on par with the rest of the league. There had been talks of an arena of Double A hockey caliber for the Joliet area, but that has not yet come to fruition. It is an underserved area that could support USHL hockey, maybe an ECHL team, and certainly a Single A team if it were to get that and to become part of a Midwest Single-A league. If the Steel were to ever move out of The Edge to some newer, larger arena, The Edge would certainly be of NAHL caliber in terms of seating.

 

I certainly don't know if the Steel would ever move from Bensenville, but dug up a thread from 2008 where we discussed the Joliet area. Much has changed in the hockey world since then, most importantly for supporters of an arena in/near Joliet how the Mystique Casino built an arena in Dubuque...... Joliet has Hollywood Casino with probably enough land to build a Mystique type arena on site, is serviced by I-55 and I-80 and Joliet has it's own radio station (WJOL) to carry and advertise games for a hockey team.

 

And now of course add the Hawks have won two Stanley Cups in 4 years and this area is downright hockey crazy and has to travel no LESS than 50 miles through Chicagoland traffic to get to the Hawks, Wolves (AHL) or Steel.

 

Remember this thread, Kwey? http://finishyourche...2#entry14613322

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