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    ECHL Board of Governors Approves Changes for 2018-19 Season

    https://www.echl.com/board-governors...2018-19-season

    The ECHL announced on Tuesday that the League’s Board of Governors has approved the following changes for the 2018-19 Season.



    Expansion Membership approved for St. John’s



    The Board has approved the Expansion Membership application for St. John’s, Newfoundland to begin play in the 2018-19 Season. The St. John’s Membership will be owned by Deacon Investments LTD, an entity controlled by Dean MacDonald. Glenn Stanford, the long-time President of the city’s American Hockey League franchise, will oversee team operations.



    “We are pleased to welcome St. John’s to the ECHL,” said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna. “The city has a long and proud hockey history and, along with the Maine Mariners, will be strong additions to our North Division.”



    “Both Glenn and I are ecstatic that professional hockey is coming back to St. John’s. We believe that hockey fans in our city will welcome this great product,” MacDonald said. “We look forward to working with St. John’s Edge owners Irwin Simon and Rob Sabbagh, along with the City, to bring two amazing sports entities together. This strong partnership will elevate professional sports in Newfoundland and provide many nights of action-packed entertainment for the community.”



    Quad City withdraws Membership



    The Quad City Mallards have withdrawn their Membership in the ECHL, effective at the conclusion of the 2017-18 Season.



    League alignment for 2018-19 Season



    The Board has approved the following conference and divisional alignment for the 2018-19 Season.



    Eastern Conference



    North Division

    Adirondack Thunder, Brampton Beast, Maine Mariners, Manchester Monarchs, Reading Royals, St. John’s, Worcester Railers



    South Division

    Atlanta Gladiators, Florida Everblades, Greenville Swamp Rabbits, Jacksonville Icemen, Norfolk Admirals, Orlando Solar Bears, South Carolina Stingrays.



    Western Conference



    Central Division

    Cincinnati Cyclones, Fort Wayne Komets, Indy Fuel, Kalamazoo Wings, Toledo Walleye, Wheeling Nailers



    Mountain Division

    Allen Americans, Idaho Steelheads, Kansas City Mavericks, Rapid City Rush, Tulsa Oilers, Utah Grizzlies, Wichita Thunder

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    I'm surprised by the quick start for St. Johns, even the Railers and Maine waited a year (both former AHL towns) before starting. I am surprised Brampton hasn't folded yet, they barley came back this year and attendance is down again. Another team to watch is Wheeling, which is community owned with under 2400/game good for last place in the league.

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