IHL PLANS FOR MAJOR EXPANSION BY MILLENNIUM
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).