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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 9:07 pm 
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NWHL adds a 5th team, the Minnesota Whitecaps.
https://www.nwhl.zone/news_article/show/918367?referrer_id=2739439

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 Post subject: Re: Expansion
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 12:37 am 
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Great. Now merge the damned leagues.

BTW, it's probably sexist of me to say this but the NWHL commissioner is super-hot.


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 Post subject: Re: Expansion
PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:34 pm 
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The Whitecaps are affiliated with the MN Wild. So 3/5 teams are now affiliated with NHL teams.

Metropolitan Riveters - NJ Devils
MN Whitecaps- MN Wild
Buffalo Beauts- owned by Sabres ownership group.

Left unaffiliated as of now:
CT Whale
Boston Pride. The Bruins are the obvious potential NHL affiliate here, but they are in a tough spot, as the CWHL Boston Blades are also in town, so they may not want to choose one league over the other and have that be the league and/or team that folds. I doubt a team with an NHL affiliate would fold, so the concern is probably more about the league.

The lone team with a real issue is the CT Whale. The Isles & Rangers are both relatively close, although not that close. Also their colors are kind of tough to change at this point. They went with Hartford Whalers colors, which is a great scheme. Obviously an NHL affiliation likely means a color change. The Riveters have gone with red jerseys since the Devils affiliation, where they used to use navy blue. Although I just realized I don't think the Beauts are changing to match the Sabres, so maybe this is overthought.

I still think the NWHL & CWHL merging are the way to go and hope to see it happen down the road. The CWHL teams mostly have fairly obvious affiliation potentials: Calgary, Toronto, Montreal. They also have a team in Markham (?) and a new team in China! Okay, so those are much tougher to pair with. :lol:

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