I think a Midland brand would be neat. The name "Midlakes" gives it more of that hockey feel. Houston is a hockey melt. So here are the places I'm thinking about for this travel-tag-team camps: Housed in Austin, Omaha and Williston, ND. And even Saskatoon. Nothing else NHL in that province so I almost would want that town to be a sure thing in on the deal. And yes, Kansas City is of consideration. Should a town fail out, KC has a great arena, though I note that the Blues are already in-state.
A West Coast Whales with an East Coast Whalers taking on the North Coast Great Lakers and Southlakes Predators versus the Midlakes Mustangs is an interesting alternative for the NHL's planned 4 team expansion. That's 9 more NHL cities than planned.
West Coast (Seattle, Las Vegas and/or Portland)
I wish it was the Coyotes.
East Coast (Hartford, Norfolk)
Southlakes (Nashville merger co-locating with Atlanta)
North Coast (Toronto2 and/or Quebec City with Cleveland and Milwaukee)
A Great Lakes brand could also set sights for Cincinnati, upstate New York and Indianapolis. Plenty of play with these geographic justifications.
Any of these and Midlakes jump out at you? And ideas? See some links about what I've been talking about below.
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