Just like the last couple seasons we will update you on arena and franchise changes so that you can optimize your travels and keep informed on new arena options. We will start with junior hockey, in what has been a relatively quiet offseason as far as relocations go. We will cover the 3 leagues in the CHL, the USHL, and include the NAHL in this report. As always, we hope you will find this information useful and allow you to plan your travels well.
QMJHL - Minus - Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB
The Q will see the same 18 clubs take the ice as the last few seasons. Moncton's Wildcats will no longer skate in the Moncton Coliseum, one of the least appealing buildings from an exterior standpoint, but a great place to watch a game with a history filled interior and raucous fans.
Plus - Moncton Events Centre, Moncton, NB
Moncton will see a new venue open in the downtown area and will hopefully capture a bit of the vibe at the old Coliseum, and will surely contain modern amenities which will be a welcome change for Wildcats fans. Moncton is a supportive hockey city with passionate fans, and embodies the bi-lingual East Coast of Canada.
Moncton Coliseum was home of the QMJHL's Moncton Wildcats since 1995, and previously hosted the AHL
OHL - Even
In Ontario it will be a season without any changes in arenas or franchises. There are ramblings of Brantford seeing a team sometime in the future, but for now all 20 teams are relatively stable and will remain in their respective homes for this upcoming season.
WHL - Even
Out west things will also stay the same as last season, with the same 22 clubs in their same venues. Overall the entire CHL is in good shape, although it is questionable how the smaller market teams can keep up with the high profile franchises, but each season they do, with last year's Memorial Cup a great example of small market competitiveness.
USHL - Even
America's top junior league continues to be dependable and slow to change, all while offering an excellent level of play. The league will again field 17 teams in their same respective arenas.
Bonus Plus - UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, Cranberry Township, PA
This newer arena complex in the Pittsburgh area is the practice facility for the NHL's Penguins. It had previously been used for USHL preseason action, but this year will see the regular season start here with each of the 17 teams taking the ice here in games that count in the standings. Both rinks will be used for USHL action, known as the Dicks Sporting Good Rink and the FedEx Rink. The four day showcase kicks off on September 27th and provides eastern fans a great opportunity to see a bunch of games in a league that is a midwestern circuit.