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Old 04-06-2009, 01:07 PM
 
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I love the minor leagues (think ECHL and AHL). Is there in hope of one of these leagues forming a team in Orlando or somewhere nearby? It would make my decision to relocate much more tempting.
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Old 04-06-2009, 01:17 PM
 
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We couldn't keep an arena football league afloat and the pro soccer team is barely breathing. I highly doubt a semi-pro hockey team would be considered. Sorry.

You can always see pro hockey in Tampa.
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Old 04-06-2009, 01:37 PM
 
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You can always see pro hockey in Tampa.
That's a pretty big bummer. I like the rawness of the semi-pro leagues. Pro hockey is too clean and I see enough of that on TV. The semi-pro games are affordable enough to own season tickets and a lot more entertaining to watch.
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Minneola, FL
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It would be nice, but it would never happen down here. Hockey's barely staying alive in the U.S. let alone FL...It is a nice night out though.
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Old 04-07-2009, 05:14 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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We couldn't keep an arena football league afloat and the pro soccer team is barely breathing. I highly doubt a semi-pro hockey team would be considered. Sorry.

You can always see pro hockey in Tampa.

Ok...I have to correct one little detail in your post....The Orlando Predators (the arena team) was kept afloat and successful by having the biggest fan base in the league. And went strong for 18 years btw. It was the rest of the AFL that pulled it down. We'll see what happens after the year off....and no I don't have my hopes up.

Ok I feel better now.

And yes you'll have to go to Tampa for the Hockey.
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:35 AM
 
Location: South of JAX
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Hockey and Florida don't really mix. I even heard a local radio personality call hockey a non-sport. And Orlando isn't really a sports town; they have 2 million in the metro and the only major league team they have is the Magic. That's why I left for Denver, this city just doesn't have what I need.
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Old 04-08-2009, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Minneola, FL
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Orlando is a college sports and Nascar town. It seems FL is that way in general.

I know I'd go to a hockey game, but it ain't gonna happen.
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Old 04-09-2009, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Oviedo, Fl formerly from the Philly Burbs!
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Hockey is alive and thriving in PA...heck it's $500 bucks just to SIGN UP for the Little Flyers hockey team at our local rink (which by the way, sports for rinks that are ALWAYS full with hockey games ) One of those rinks is uses mostly for figure skating (Belbin and Augusto train here) but they frequently have their ice time bumped for hockey tourneys and games....so I am pretty sure Hockey is alive and kicking in most of the U.S.... It's too darned pricey a sport for kids to be invoved in tho, you gotta be rich!

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It would be nice, but it would never happen down here. Hockey's barely staying alive in the U.S. let alone FL...It is a nice night out though.
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Old 04-09-2009, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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Orlando has had a few minor league hockey teams in the time that I've lived here. The problem is that the leagues themselves seem to keep folding. We used to have the Orlando "Solar Bears" which were in the IHL, and Orlando Seals, which were part of WHA2, which also folded, then the team moved to Kissimmee and became just the 'Florida' Seals as part of the SPHL, which I believe is no more as well.

I had been to games when the team was in Orlando and in Kissimmee and the fan base seemed good enough for a minor league team, but I guess the problem is keeping the league going in the South.
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