Truly ridiculous. I would love to welcome Laredo and RGV into the NAHL but for the 2013-2014 season; for them to come into the game this late is crazy. If the league decides to allow this it could be a huge blow for the NAHL's credibility and I think would be the signal to start preparing to ring the death knell for the CHL as a pro hockey league.
is this why the NAHL schedule is not out yet?
posted Jun. 15th, 2012 - 12:54pm
Mike Lee says:
I would love to see both Laredo and RGV join the NAHL for the 2012-2013 season. Laredo was a huge rival of the Jacks in their pro days, and I would love to see that rivalry renewed.
The CHL has made it next to impossible for Texas teams to survive in their league, and it is only a matter of time before there are no Texas CHL teams at all.
posted Jun. 15th, 2012 - 12:59pm
Mike Lee says:
One question, though, Mr. Heisler. Many folks claim that RGV could not join the NAHL because their contract with their arena does not allow junior hockey to be played there. Do you know anything about this?
If either one of those two teams, or if both teams, come into the NAHL this season it going to be a Port Huron Season 1 part 2 or part 2&3. No Vets, no Tenders, no Draft picks. They will not win very many games and might just drive off their already doubting fans.
posted Jun. 15th, 2012 - 2:54pm
JR Ruiz says:
@Mike Lee: Maybe their contract states that as long as a CHL team is the main tenant at the arena, that a Junior league team would not be allowed to play there. Now if the CHL team leaves or changes leagues, that might void the now present contract with the arena and allow another league to play there. Not really sure on this one, just a guess.
posted Jun. 15th, 2012 - 3:13pm
JR Ruiz says:
I do agree with Cliner on Frankie letting one or two teams into the League at this late date, that it will be a Port Huron first season situation all over again.
There maybe an very outside chance of this situation working out, and I would be very surprised and somewhat pleased if it did. Port Huron did extremely well their SECOND season after acquiring vets, tenders and participating in the draft. Expansion is good for the League as long as the standard of the NAHL is upheld and the quality of play does not get too diluted.
On another side there's a group of former NHL'ers who have the interist to put a NAHL Team back in Detroit as they have fixed up the Ice Box Sports Centre in Brownstown.
posted Jun. 15th, 2012 - 3:21pm
Jon Hart says:
After the last couple seasons can Laredo really expect worse on-ice performance than they got in the CHL? Sure RGV made the playoffs the last 2 seasons and got bounced rather quickly both times. So as far as the quality of hockey shouldn't matter much to the fans as they will just be glad they still get to watch the game they love. Now as far as treatment of the players they will get 2 play in some of the nicest minor-pro rinks in the south.
The Laredo danger element should not scare people either El Paso has a WSHL team and I don't think any players that have played there have feared for their life.
"It's better to keep your mouth closed and be thought of as a fool, than open it and prove you're a fool"
Good Luck to the New Rio Grande Valley NAHL Team.
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