Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hockey Franchise Changes For 2011-12

A comprehensive list of hockey franchise changes for the upcoming 2011-12 hockey season.

NHL:
Atlanta Thrashers become Winnipeg Jets

AHL:
Manitoba Moose become St John's (Ice Caps?)

ECHL:
Chicago Express expansion franchise
Colorado Eagles transferred from CHL
Trenton Devils folded
Columbia Inferno possibly returning

CHL:
Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs folded
Bloomington Prairie Thunder folded
Colorado Eagles moved to ECHL
Mississippi RiverKings moved to SPHL
Odessa Jackalopes to NAHL
Bloomington Blaze expansion franchise

FHL:
Danville Dashers expansion franchise
Green Mountain Rock Crushers expansion franchise
New Jersey Outlaws expansion franchise
Niagara Falls Nationals expansion franchise
Rome Frenzy suspended operations
Cape Cod Barons change name to Bluefins
New York Aviators change name to Brooklyn

SPHL:
Mississippi RiverKings moved from CHL

WHL:
Chilliwack Bruins become Victoria Royals

QMJHL:
Montréal Junior become Blainville-Boisbraind Armada
Lewiston MAINEiacs purchased by league and dissolved

BCHL:
Quesnel Millionaires become Chilliwack Chiefs
Langley Chiefs change name to Rivermen 

NAHL:
Owatonna Express become Odessa Jackalopes
Motor City Metal Jackets become Jamestown Ironmen
Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings expansion franchise
Minot Minotauros expansion franchise

NOJHL:
Temiscaming Royals fold
Manitoulin Islanders become Kirkland Lake Blue Devils
Sudbury Jr Wolves become Sudbury Cups

OJHL:
Streetsville Derbys merge with Cobourg Cougars
Collingwood Blackhawks folded
Orangeville Flyers folded
Dixie Beehives folded
Villanova Knights become Orangeville Flyers
Upper Canada Patriots become Toronto Lakeshore Patriots

SIJHL:
Iron Range Ironheads expansion franchise 

All of the credit goes to JruGordon and Drewman of Hockey-Fights.com 

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