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    Central Hockey League 2011-12


    Name: Central Hockey League
    Level: 'AA' Professional North American League
    Founded: 1992
    Recent Champions: Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
    Player Union: Professional Hockey Players Association (PHPA)
    All-Star Game Host: Arizona Sundogs

    Turner Conference
    Bloomington (Illinois) *NEW, U.S. Cellular Coliseum, 6,700

    Dayton Gems (Ohio), Hara Arena, 5,543

    Evansville IceMen (Indiana), Evansville Arena, 11,000

    Fort Wayne Komets (Indiana), Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 10,480

    Missouri Mavericks (Missouri), Independence Events Center, 5,800

    Quad City Mallards (Illinois), i wireless Arena, 9,300

    Rapid City Rush (South Dakota), Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Arena, 5,119

    Berry Conference
    Allen Americans (Texas), Allen Event Center, 6,135

    Arizona Sundogs (Arizona), Tim's Toyota Center 4,810

    Laredo Bucks (Texas), Laredo Energy Arena, 6,500

    Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (New Mexico), State Farm Arena, 5,500

    Texas Brahmas (Texas), NYTEX Sports Centre, 2,400

    Tulsa Oilers (Oklahoma), BOK Center, 17,096

    Wichita Thunder (Kansas), INTRUST Bank Arena, 15,000

    Off-Season Team Movement:
    Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs - FOLD
    Bloomington PrairieThunder - FOLD
    Colorado Eagles - move to ECHL ('AA' Pro league)
    Mississippi RiverKings - move to SPHL ('A' Pro League)
    Odessa Jackalopes - move to NAHL (Jr.A - U20 league)
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    Salary Structure

    Salary Structure:
    Weekly Salary Cap (divided by active roster players)
    2011/12 - $10,650 per week, plus 50% of 1 exemption player (The League will have the option to go to a flat cap of $11,000 per week).

    Weekly Salary Cap Floor
    2011/12 - $8,400 per week.

    Minimum salary for a player:
    2011/12 - increase to $345/week for players who have played in 25 or less professional games, and $390 for players who have played in 26 or more professional games.

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    Update on Bloomington team

    http://www.pantagraph.com/sports/hoc...cc4c002e0.html
    DelBuono and Hunnewell were introduced June 16, and it was expected the team name and possibly a coach would have been announced by now. But negotiations with two overseas companies for naming rights fell through.
    DelBuono said similar discussions have begun with a Twin Cities business. If nothing pans out there, the team will come up with a nickname on its own.
    So the yet-to-be named Bloomington team is looking to have a business be the team name.

    Team could be called the "Bloomington Budweiser's"

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    Addison de Boer (Minnesotan) played with the Canberra Knights in the Australian Ice Hockey League(just finished) has signed with the Tulsa Oilers. Despite playing in a team that went 8-20 (only a short 28 game season) he broke the Australian Point Score Record and was runner up as League MVP. Be interesting to watch his progress.

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    Maybe I misread the NA sports site anyhow the Bloomington Blaze is the name pop up...

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    Bloomington's club is called the Blaze, and they are currently in last place in the league.

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    Here is an interesting, 8+ minute video I found on Youtube.

    It's a recruitment video for the Colorado Eagles, who are in the ECHL this year after being in the Central League since 2003, when they were founded.

    The video shows clips of Central League play.

    In their time in the Central League, the Eagles went to the finals 5 times and won 3 titles.

    They are a .500 team in the ECHL this season after 16 games.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz_vNRuRWL8

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    I am close with the ECHL and i can give you almost certain answers for these

    1. Fort Wayne, Missouri, Rapid city, evansville for sure
    Allen- they will most likely go to the ECHL but the SPHL is still a possibility if they want to follow other teams. Expect the ECHL though
    Quad City-would be at the bottom of attendance in the ECHL. a stable league for the first time in 10 years could help.USHL is possible
    Tulsa- ECHL unless AHL swoops in to expand the central. have a huge arena but dont seem to be having trouble filling it
    Wichita-ECHL unless AHL swoops in to expand the central. have a huge arena but dont seem to be having trouble filling it

    THIS WOULD LEAVE THE CHL WITH 6 TEAMS

    2. i belive only Texas will drop down. Rio Grande and Laredo are possibilites but they are a package and wwill proabaly both move to the NAHL. look for bossier shreveport to recieve a team also after a year of no hockey. The SPHL is the premier "Single A" level. This is just a theory but if the FHL were to fold i could see the SPHL taking danbury and maybe a couple others and creating a north division. They would also pick up northern cities such as flint, port huron, and johnstown.

    THIS WOULD LEAVE THE CHL WITH 5 TEAMS

    3.Dayton will most likely fold. An aging arena and decling attendance caused problems. It is likey with new owners they will join the FHL
    bloomington is also a canidate to fold with juniors a possibility

    THIS WOULD LEAVE THE CHL WITH 3 TEAMS

    4. Rio grande and laredo will most likely revert to junior hockey to cut down travel and rekindle rivalries with courpus cristi amarillo Ect.
    Arizona could go to the NAHL considering the size of arena but the west is already thinned out and it would make for even worse travel in the NAHL. I think it will be the NAHL but if not there pobably will not be hockey.

    THIS LEAVES THE CHL WITH 0 teams

    5. CHL will not survive. there may be a couple teams hanging on in mid summer but when they realize a 4-6 team league just isnt viable they will quietly fold or go to juniors.

    Colorado which left for the ECHL last summer had a fairly large turnover. about 10 players made the jump including both goalies. they also brought over 5 CHL players from other teams they competed against. In essence it was a CHL all star team considering colorado was the model CHL team and they added some of the best CHL talent.

    Look for all of these moves to take place after the respective leagues playoffs. It will all start coming out in late may early june so teams can prepare for the next year.

    Hope i could hep! if you have any questions please ask!

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    I will post regular season final standings and playoff results, with video clips as I can find them, after the IIHF Worlds, so that our forums still give you reading/viewing material, and something to discuss if you wish, into the late spring.

    If anyone else would like to step up and cover this before then, I would welcome the help.

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    Drake8, welcome to the forums.

    I moved your post into the current CHL season thread.

    I guess the first question would be where you got your information from?

    I have not heard these rumors anywhere.

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    According to the league website, the currently dormant Austin Ice Bats franchise may return, and there will supposedly be an expansion franchise in Denver next season.

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    The season is 66 games long. I will list the final regular season standings by conference (team name, wins, losses, overtime/shootout losses, points). Teams above the line in each conference made the playoffs.

    TURNER CONFERENCE

    Fort Wayne Komets 40-19-7 87 points
    Evansville Ice Men 40-22-4 84 points
    Missouri Mavericks 39-21-6 84 points
    Rapid City Rush 38-22-6 82 points
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    Quad City Mallards 37-27-2 76 points
    Dayton Gems 23-29-14 60 points
    Bloomington Blaze 24-35-7 55 points


    BERRY CONFERENCE

    Wichita Thunder 44-19-3 91 points
    Allen Americans 39-18-9 87 points
    Texas Brahmas 33-25-8 74 points
    Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 32-27-7 71 points
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    Tulsa Oilers 29-29-8 66 points
    Laredo Bucks 25-38-3 53 points
    Arizona Sundogs 19-38-9 47 points

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    Playoffs, first round (late March, early April, 2012):

    Best-of-7 format


    FORT WAYNE KOMETS vs. RAPID CITY RUSH

    Rapid City 6, Fort Wayne 3
    Fort Wayne 3, Rapid City 1
    Fort Wayne 3, Rapid City 1
    Fort Wayne 5, Rapid City 3
    Rapid City 4, Fort Wayne 1
    Fort Wayne 4, Rapid City 3 (OT)

    Fort Wayne wins series 4 game to 2



    EVANSVILLE ICE MEN vs. MISSOURI MAVERICKS

    Missouri 3, Evansville 2
    Missouri 7, Evansville 1
    Missouri 3, Evansville 2 (OT)
    Missouri 3, Evansville 1

    Missouri wins series 4 games to 0


    WICHITA THUNDER vs. RIO GRANDE VALLEY KILLER BEES

    Wichita 4, Rio Grande Valley 2
    Wichita 2, Rio Grande Valley 1
    Rio Grande Valley 5, Wichita 2
    Wichita 4, Rio Grande Valley 2
    Wichita 6, Rio Grande Valley 2

    Video highlights of Game 5:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TL4cu...eature=related

    Wichita wins series 4 games to 1


    ALLEN AMERICANS vs. TEXAS BRAHMAS

    Allen 5, Texas 0
    Texas 4, Allen 3
    Texas 5, Allen 4
    Allen 3, Texas 2 (OT)
    Texas 1, Allen 0
    Texas 4, Allen 2

    Texas wins series 4 games to 2
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    As per post #9, I will attempt to locate video clips. If anyone has any team they are interested in (regardless of whether they are a playoff team), let me know and I will see what I can do.

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    Very hard to find video clips for this league.

    Just to finish off this thread, here is a link for the remaining playoff series results.

    http://chl.stats.pointstreak.com/pla...&seasonid=8592

    The Fort Wayne Komets defeated the Wichita Thunder 4 games to 1 to win the championship.

    Intesting facts:

    The Wichita Thunder, along with the Tulsa Oilers, are the only remaining original clubs from the Central League's inaugural season in 1992.

    Meanwhile, the Fort Wayne Komets, in one version or another, have existed since the 1952, although they have jumped from minor league to minor league. They are one of the all time longest existing, classic, traditional North American minor league clubs. After they won this title, they left the league to join the ECHL.

    Here is the Wikipedia entry on the Fort Wayne Komets, and their interesting history:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Wayne_Komets

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