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MINOR LEAGUE HOCKEY: WILL "THE A" EAT TEAMS FROM "THE E"?
Published March 14, 1995
Negotiations continue between Centre Management and prospective AHL franchise owners Bob Teck and Alan Gertner for an AHL expansion team to play in Baltimore, according to this morning's Baltimore SUN. Centre Management VP of Facilities Gary Handleman said the two parties will be "sitting down" next week (Baltimore SUN, 3/14). MOVIN' ON UP? Reports in the past week indicate that NHL owners are "urging" the AHL to expand their league to facilitate a move away from the IHL. Multiple reports last week had the Hampton Roads, Charlotte and Greensboro, and South Carolina franchises of the ECHL join a Baltimore AHL expansion team to form a new Southeast Division of the AHL (Ed Duckworth, PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, 3/9). ECHL Richmond Renegades President Harvey Feuerstein reported talk of a "potential merger" between the AHL and ECHL. Feuerstein: "It's an apparent attempt to establish a very firm Triple A and Double A-type system" (John Packett, RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, 3/9). NHL VP of Public Relations Arthur Pincus denied an AP report last week that the NHL was trying to force five IHL franchises to move to the AHL (THE DAILY).