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03-12-2004, 04:15 PM
Where would you put WHA teams? I am intrigued by the cities they list, but don't know if I would do the same ones.
My picks (And I stick to the North to bring back "ol' time hockey" idea):
Chicago (Blackhawks are so bad, people should jump ship)
Some need Major Hockey back, some can support two teams, and some have such a bad NHL team, that the WHA could do well.
03-18-2004, 11:14 AM
I think a lot of those cities could work for the WHA. But I have heard that many of those cities in that list would not work because the NHL has contracts with those facilities that schedule dates too keep other leagues from playing in them. But if the NHL does get a lockout and it lasts a long time, the NHL will not have the money too keep renting out these facilities forever if it is not playing a game.
If this becomes true, you could see a lot of potential NHL cities open up for WHA expansion.
03-18-2004, 09:54 PM
Pontiac Michigan and the WHA are in talks as I write concerning a lease on the Silver Dome. If a lease agreement can be worked out in the 80,000 seat arena (former home of the Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons and the Detroit Panthers) Oakland County fans could see WHA action when the new league starts operations. :D
03-19-2004, 12:55 PM
Those who think the WHA is the solution to hockey's problems will be sadly disappointed. No league can survive on the failure of another.
Hockey needs to deal with the fact of declining fan support and the expenditure of too much money. Even as attendance (and I mean the actual paid attendance) has been declining over the past few years, efforts were made to create new leagues (ACHL, WHA2, SEHL) and I don't have to tell you that the ACHL lasted one year and, from the sounds and sights of it, the WHA2 is about to complete its only year. The SEHL is trying to add new venues, but when money is mentioned, those avenues dry up. Oh, of course there will always be someone who proves that a fool and his money are soon parted, but overall, before adding teams and leagues, the current leagues should show the need for them. They don't now.
03-26-2004, 02:35 AM
Hey, I agree with you. Hockey is literly killing itself with all the problems happening lately. I've tried too suggestion some solutions too help Hockey, but all I get is critisism and attacked. Hockey (Mostly the NHL) needs too take a hard look at itself and decide if it wants too go the route it is heading, or actually make some fundamental changes too help out the sport.
The Hockey world may not like my suggestions, but they got too realize its the only way their sport is going too grow. But I'm tired of giving suggestions and being attacked, they will have too figure it out themselves from now on.
04-23-2004, 01:29 PM
Not many days ago, I started this lecture about the "few" teams in the ABA that resemble legitimacy... those that actually have leases with arenas.
By this very intelligent principle, there are currently ZERO WHA teams. I'd further argue that there are 6 potential clubs and a real lost cause in Hamilton. But "Vancouver or Dallas"? Gracious!
I consider it water under the bridge, really. You can't sell sufficient tickets with two months lead time... which is about the amount of notice I expect given that this whole "construct" is a reaction to the NHL labor situation.
04-23-2004, 05:42 PM
As far as the city itself, I would say Regina could work. But the simple fact is there is not a suitable arena for the WHA in Regina. The only suitable top-quality arena in Saskatchewan is here in Saskatoon at Saskatchewan Place. Apparently, a rumor is flying around that the WHL's Blades may move to Edmonton therefore Sask Place would be empty all winter. If this were to happen, which I would highly doubt, the WHA would be stupid to pass up the opportunity to play at this top quality facility.
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