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#1 Langdon Algur

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 11:55 AM

Sounds like the WHL is seriously interested in getting another team on the Island and are looking at Nanaimo as the obvious choice.  Problems are:

1) Nanaimo currently doesn't have a large enough stadium to support a WHL team and after taking alot of political heat for spending $ to build a conference centre Council may not want to chip in on a Stadium.
2) The WHL has said they don't want to expand so this would need to be a relocation
3) The local BCHL team, the Nanaimo Clippers, will likely fight this unless they can get a stake in the new team.  Given that Kelly Hrudey is part owner of the Clippers they certainitly have the money and influence to wrangle a WHL team.

Nanaimo locals would you support a WHL team if it came to Nanaimo?  It would be great to see a Royals vs. Nanaimo game right here at home.Edit- link to articlehttp://www2.canada.c...db-04705a06e589

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:35 PM

Dont know what to say other than i think relocating a team from east to west would be a good idea.
When i look at the conferences i always feel like the west is cheating or something. haha.
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Posted 29 April 2013 - 09:29 PM

What team would they move?
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Posted 29 April 2013 - 09:58 PM

Well, a little bird told me just the other day that the Comox Valley has a few people interested in forming a society (like Port Alberni did) so they would be eligible for sport grants to build a new arena with the hopes of relocating the Clippers to Comox.

I heard nothing about a WHL team replacing the Clippers in Nanaimo but maybe that's why the talks have started in the first place. Makes sense I guess.
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Posted 30 April 2013 - 12:14 AM

I'd support it. The conference center thing is a problem though (massive waste of money) and the Franke Crane Arena is much too small/outdated to have a WHL team.

I don't think they'd have to worry about killing the Clippers, it's like 90% elderly people at Clips games who've been going for years, they won't change their ways.
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Posted 30 April 2013 - 01:20 AM

After 2 seasons, the Royals are already pretty well loved in Victoria. Nanaimo seems like a perfectly sized city for a dub team. I'd like to see a team there, the rivalry would be awesome.
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Posted 30 April 2013 - 09:21 AM

What team would they move?


Rumour is Prince George.
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