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IHL PLANS FOR MAJOR EXPANSION BY MILLENNIUM
Published January 19, 1995
IHL expansion was examined in yesterday's HOUSTON CHRONICLE. With the league planning to add three teams for '95-96 and two teams a year until 2000, there should be nine more North American teams five years from now. IHL commissioner Bob Ufer: "People ask the question: Are we risking unsuccessful teams? Are we risking diluting our product? Those are risks, but with those risks are tremendous opportunities. I'm not advocating recklessness, but I think we have to pursue them." The league is also expected to announce within the next two weeks completed plans for a European division to debut next year. A six-to-eight team division in Europe would host one North American division, rotating each year (Jody Goldstein, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/18).