Jim Hodges reports that ECHL news will be revealed on Friday.
Today has been a day of really bad jokes, some bitterness, and disappointment with the press conference announcing Norfolk’s AHL sale and subsequent move to San Diego. I am going to embrace the more positive aspects of the change, even if they are nominal. Professional hockey will be here, and there’s a new regime in town. Will the Edmonton Oilers last past their three years? I have no idea.
Experiencing it while it lasts is the best option. Jim Hodges reports in Friday’s Pilot that ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna will announce the move of three teams into former AHL markets. Of course, these teams have been mentioned ad nausea. Manchester, Glens Falls, and Norfolk will get to keep hockey in their cities. No news has surfaced about a team coming in to Worcester–yet.
More important is the news conference on February 13, two weeks from today. Hodges says McKenna will be at Scope with Oilers representatives to talk about the move. Norfolk’s opponent that night? The Syracuse Crunch. I would think that is simply a product of scheduling and not some sort of statement about past histories. Hockey is still here in Norfolk, if under a different organization. Let’s embrace the players, the team, the whole thing. Let’s hope they win every game 12-5. Let’s be empathetic to our friends in Oklahoma City and Worcester, who do not have replacement hockey on the horizon. Let’s realize that we still get excited by great goals and exciting saves. We’re going to watch hockey and have a good time doing it.