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Old 04-11-2012, 12:57 AM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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Heard something on ESPN last year that the NHL was testing the market in Houston for an NHL team last year. Any updates on a team possible moving to H-town anytime soon? I personally think that H-town has a big enough market to support such a team.
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Old 04-11-2012, 01:12 AM
 
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Southern citys are the worst cities for NHL teams Houston is not getting a team in the next 10 to 15 yrs
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:50 AM
 
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The rapid expansion of the late 1990s early 2000s really damaged the NHL at a time when it was on the upswing. As such, I don't think you'll see expansion anytime soon. That means only option for a team in Houston is relocation.

Best candidate team for relocation right now is Phoenix. Most troubled franchises thereafter are Columbus and Florida. There has been a recent trend of moving franchises back into the far north areas where the market is strongest (e.g. Atlanta to Winnipeg). To that end, Quebec is dying to get a franchise back and there is strong interest in Seattle. I think you'll see teams there before you ever see a team in Houston. Not convinced the NHL would do any better here than it has in Dallas, where attendance is 3rd worst in the league.
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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Heard something on ESPN last year that the NHL was testing the market in Houston for an NHL team last year. Any updates on a team possible moving to H-town anytime soon? I personally think that H-town has a big enough market to support such a team.
Dude this is football country, keep that hockey stuff up north.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Clear Lake Area
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Here's what is known:

1. The NHL is not looking to expand anytime in the near future... relocation is the only possibility.

2. Les Alexander will be the primary owner if it ever happens. He has sought to move a team here in the past... but has been quiet in the last few years.

3. The NHL did attempt to schedule a preseason game this year in Houston... Dallas versus Phoenix. The given reason was to attempt to build a Dallas Star fanbase in Houston... though it is interesting that it would involve the team (Phx) that the NHL owns and is rumored (for years) to be moving.

There's lots of positives in Houston's favor: population, economy, corporations, state of the art facility (Toyota Center), Aero's attendance has been great, growing population of northern transplants, hockey history (WHL Aero's in the 70's) etc. Of course the elephant in the room will always be that it's a southern city and the NHL has struggled in southern markets recently.

With regards to the Dallas Stars, their struggles are the direct result of the owners financial issues outside of the team. He went bankrupt, so while the organization waited for a new owner, they cut the team payroll to the minimum. This resulted in a terrible product on the ice (haven't made the playoffs in 4 years), and fans reluctant to buy season tickets while they waited for the situation to be resolved. Stars had by far the worst attendance to start the year... after the sale went through in late November, attendance has shot back up. The Stars are a strong hockey organization, they just went through a rough patch because of an idiot owner.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Houston
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Heard something on ESPN last year that the NHL was testing the market in Houston for an NHL team last year. Any updates on a team possible moving to H-town anytime soon? I personally think that H-town has a big enough market to support such a team.
One of the purposes for creating the Toyota Center was to attract an NHL team to Houston. Houston would seem to be a very favorable place for either an expansion team or a team looking to relocate. First, the Houston Aeros have been in Houston since 1994 and have had a great fan base here. I can only imagine how much larger that base would grow if the Aeros were an NHL team. Second, the strong economy here would be great for another professional sport such as NHL. Let's face it people are less likely to spend money at a game during economic hardship, right? Last, I think it is Forbes who has a list of cities that are most favorable for professional sports (MLB, NFL, NBA, MLS and NHL) and Houston was one of the few cities in the USA for an NHL expansion team.

I am sure as Houston's population continues to grow with northern transplants that the NHL hockey team idea will continue to be brought up and hopefully Houston can land a NHL team in the near future.
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Pearland, TX
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Never. Ever.

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Old 04-11-2012, 11:43 AM
 
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One of the purposes for creating the Toyota Center was to attract an NHL team to Houston. Houston would seem to be a very favorable place for either an expansion team or a team looking to relocate. First, the Houston Aeros have been in Houston since 1994 and have had a great fan base here. I can only imagine how much larger that base would grow if the Aeros were an NHL team. Second, the strong economy here would be great for another professional sport such as NHL. Let's face it people are less likely to spend money at a game during economic hardship, right? Last, I think it is Forbes who has a list of cities that are most favorable for professional sports (MLB, NFL, NBA, MLS and NHL) and Houston was one of the few cities in the USA for an NHL expansion team.

I am sure as Houston's population continues to grow with northern transplants that the NHL hockey team idea will continue to be brought up and hopefully Houston can land a NHL team in the near future.
The NHL is done with expansion. They are still trying to recover from the disasters of the last round of expansion.
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Here's what is known:

1. The NHL is not looking to expand anytime in the near future... relocation is the only possibility.

2. Les Alexander will be the primary owner if it ever happens. He has sought to move a team here in the past... but has been quiet in the last few years.

3. The NHL did attempt to schedule a preseason game this year in Houston... Dallas versus Phoenix. The given reason was to attempt to build a Dallas Star fanbase in Houston... though it is interesting that it would involve the team (Phx) that the NHL owns and is rumored (for years) to be moving.

There's lots of positives in Houston's favor: population, economy, corporations, state of the art facility (Toyota Center), Aero's attendance has been great, growing population of northern transplants, hockey history (WHL Aero's in the 70's) etc. Of course the elephant in the room will always be that it's a southern city and the NHL has struggled in southern markets recently.

With regards to the Dallas Stars, their struggles are the direct result of the owners financial issues outside of the team. He went bankrupt, so while the organization waited for a new owner, they cut the team payroll to the minimum. This resulted in a terrible product on the ice (haven't made the playoffs in 4 years), and fans reluctant to buy season tickets while they waited for the situation to be resolved. Stars had by far the worst attendance to start the year... after the sale went through in late November, attendance has shot back up. The Stars are a strong hockey organization, they just went through a rough patch because of an idiot owner.
Yes Dallas is seen as the most successful market in the sunbelt for the NHL. The NHL loves Dallas and Dallas loves the NHL.
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Pearland, TX
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When they moved the Stars from Minnesota to Dallas, it was an established team with good players. Caught on right away because everyone loves a winner. Now, if they could get the Redwings to move to Houston we'd fill any big barn they can find, every night, all season long. But we all know THAT ain't gonna happen.

Ronnie
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