by Dan Krieger
September 2, 2016 - American Hockey League (AHL)
American Hockey League: The AHL announced the 2016-17 schedule for its 30 teams. Changes from last season include the Lake Erie Monsters being renamed the Cleveland Monsters, the Springfield (MA) Falcons moving to Arizona as the Tucson Roadrunners and the Portland (ME) Pirates moving to Springfield (MA) to become the Springfield Thunderbirds. Tucson was moved to the Pacific Division.
National Hockey League: The individual who attempted to build a 20,000-seat arena in the Markham area of Toronto for a potential second Toronto-based NHL franchise, is now trying again to get the arena built as part of a new casino planned for the Toronto area. Back in 2013, the city of Markham decided not to move forward on a proposed private/public funding plan for the new arena.
United States Hockey League: The owner National Hockey League's Minnesota Wild stated he would try to bring a Tier-I junior-level USHL team to a proposed new Racine (WI) arena, which is being proposed as the future home of a D-League basketball team to be operated by the National Basketball Association's Milwaukee Bucks.
Ligue Nord Americaine de Hockey: The Cornwall (Ontario) River Kings of the Quebec-based LNAH announced the team will not be part of the 2016-17 season due to a lack of community support and the team has shut down operations. The River Kings started play in the 2012-13 season after the Windsor (Ontario) Wild moved to Cornwall.
National Women's Soccer League: The head of the ten-team NWSL is considering expansion for the 2017 season, but a decision on the addition of any new teams would have to come in the next month or two. The league would like to add two teams at a time and is most interested in the West Coast with Los Angeles, San Francisco or Sacramento as possible locations. A new team in the South, such as Atlanta, would go with the league's recent Orlando Pride expansion team. Three current NWSL teams in Houston, Portland and Orlando share ownership, facilities and staffing with their men's Major League Soccer team and the NWSL is hoping more MLS organizations form women's pro teams. The NWSL would like to grow to 14 teams by the 2020 season.
American Soccer League: The ASL started its 2016 Fall Season last weekend with eight teams. The league had ten teams in the 2016 Spring Season, but the Delaware Stars, Icon FC Blues and New England FC did not return. The league added a new team call Atlanta Futuro FC for the Fall Season.
Continental Indoor Lacrosse League: The semi-pro CILL recently started its 2016 season with six teams called the Chicago Outlaws, Circle City Copperheads (Indianapolis), Cleveland Demons, Detroit Coney Dogs, Grand Rapids Dragonfish and St. Louis Centurions. Five of the participating teams returned from last season and the league added the new St. Louis team. Teams from last season called the Grand Valley State Lakers, Lansing Hot Rods and Pittsburgh Octane are not on the 2016 CILL schedule. The league started as the Midwest Indoor Lacrosse Association in 2011 and switched to the CILL name for the 2013 season.
Dan Krieger is the creator of the Leagues, Teams & Nicknames 2014-15: "The Leagueology Almanac" , which tracks the changes in league alignments, franchise movements and team nicknames in today's sports world. The publication is currently available at www.amazon.com.