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Tailing the Komets

ECHL announcement on Friday

From an ECHL press release:

The ECHL will make a major announcement tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 30) at 3 p.m. ET regarding League Membership and its roster of teams for the 2015-16 season. The League will have no further comment on the announcement at this time.

 Likely to do with this: http://theahl.com/ahl-approves-formation-of-pacific-division-p196033


Fri, 01/30/2015 - 2:24am

According to Alaska Aces Facebook site, they just signed for more years in ECHL.

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:56am

Teams leaving plus ave attendance:

Stcokton           4438

Bakersfield       4648

Ontario             7235

ECHL teams not mentioned (presumed staying) plus ave attendance:

Colorado           5289

Alaska               4165

Idaho                 3887

Utah                  4739

Abandoned AHL teams plus attendance:

Adirondack     3586  (Glens Falls N.Y.)

Ok. City           3443

Manchester    5571

Worcester       3355


So here are the most obvious questions I have.  San Jose will be joining the AHL (but San Francisco was a failure in the old IHL and the ECHL).

Where does Las Vegas fit in?  13-14 attendance was 4581, now with a remodeled or new building.  You'd like to think that it would be attractive in either league.

You'd have to assume that the ECHL would be real interested in the markets of Glens Falls, Manchester, Worcester, and Oklahoma City.  Oklahoma city would fit very nicely in the "CHL" division.  By taking out Brampton and placing it in another division (east or midwest) the "CHL" division would remain at 7.  However Glens Falls, Manchester (New Hampshire), and Worcester are all in the northeast.  

So just when the ECHL got everything in a symmetical fashion, the AHL comes in and messes it up.

Without any further adjustment, the AHL has taken three ECHL markets, abandoned four markets and left the ECHL to scramble.

(With all of this going on, I can't see why the Avalanche wouldn't leave Lake Erie and place a team in Colorado...and that's just one of the prospective changes that makes geographical sense).

There has just got to be more things forthcoming.



Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:38pm

OK - Per the league, Vegas is out, Stockton moves to Adirondack, Bakersfield to Norfolk, and Ontario to Manchester

Possible divisional alignments - none of which are optimal

West: Alaska, Allen, Colorado, Idaho, Rapid City, Tulsa, Utah

Central: Komets, Indy, E'ville, Quad City, Wichita, Missouri, K'zoo

East: Elmira, Reading, Adirondack, Manchester, Toledo, Wheeling, Brampton

South: Norfolk, Florida, Greenville, Gwinnett, Orlando, South Carolina, Cincinnati

Presumes all the other teams survive to next season

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:30pm

Ron, keep phone handy. I think you will be getting a call from the league. Your the new league divisional setter-up- er. Blake should takke bets on that line up. Looks spot on to me.

Blake Sebring
Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:38pm

Yeah, they"ll probalby play Toledo 10 times a year once the teams are in different divisions.