One Team Has Issue with Vancouver Canucks AHL Team in Utica: Report

The Vancouver Canucks inability to find a home for their American Hockey League franchise is due another team taking issue to the Peoria Rivermen moving to Utica, New York.

The team in question could be the Syracuse Crunch, who are located 40 minutes away from Utica. The proximity could affect the attendance of the Crunch.

Odd considering Crunch owner Howard Dolgon said last February he had waived his territorial rights to Utica in 1994. Perhaps they had done a business case analysis since then and realized it wasn’t a good idea?

Dolgon said a Utica franchise would likely fall within the Crunch’s AHL territorial rights, but added that he would support a team in Utica. He said he agreed to waive his rights in that circumstance when Syracuse entered the AHL in 1994-95.

“We would never object anyway,” Dolgon said. “I think it would be a great rivalry if they came into the league.”

The Canucks couldn’t put the team in Rogers Arena because it falls within the territory of Abbotsford Heat, who have territorial rights to areas within 50 miles (80 kilometres) of the city. They already struggle enough at the gate in Abbotsford and a Canucks farm team would be even more disastrous, so there was no chance they were going to waive their rights like the Crunch.

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