The CHL will be entering its 19th season this fall with 18 member teams playing across 12 states. This season marks a historic one for the league after the CHL and the International Hockey League (IHL), boasting 59 years of professional hockey, joined forces on June 1, 2010.
The CHL and IHL combined to draw close to three million fans during the 2009-10 season When the 2010-2011 CHL season gets underway this weekend, the RiverKings will be competing in the new Berry Conference.
Science, this isn’t. Trying to figure out in October who might win the Presidents Cup is. And of course we’ll have a million arm chair quaterbacks doing it. Either in a pool or a bet, or just to prove how smart they are — remember this: One team in 18 will win, which means 17 won’t, and those are pretty bad odds.
Even if you eliminate the no-hopers before you start the winnowing-out process, there are a lot of pitfalls out there, a lot of teams with huge constituencies whose heroes could easily fall by the wayside. Well, this at least is a no-brainer. It’s easy enough to eliminate the Thunder and Tulsa simply on the grounds that they either haven’t recovered from years of incompetent management, or are still labouring under it.
Without further ado, here are my picks for the 2010-2011
I think the Americans are going to win the Berry Conference title for a number of reasons with the most obvious being netminder Chris Whitley. I think he’s hungry and I think he’s got more experience now and, after the team’s disappointing elimination in the final last year, I know he doesn’t want to lose again. The key for them is to beef up their defensive play (they need a good vet D-man)and, if they can do that, I’d be surprised if they didn’t have a genuine chance at the Cup since we know the Amerks can score. But they are young so if anyone is capable of keeping their legs, it’s these guys.
The Mudbugs are probably going to have another great season. They always do. They have great coaching and great goaltending. The goaltending always takes you a long way. They will find a way to patch up some holes in the D.
There’s no reason to believe that the Bucks won’t be in the top three teams this season They’ve still got some of their core players.Plus they are coached well.
Wildfong and gang, are back I am being optimistic but I do believe that Texas can come back and be at least fourth in the conference. But they definitely will have to find a strategy for the postseason since they seriously tanked last year.
The Jacks will have a pretty good season also. The D worries me and that is why they’ll end up in 5th. spot. This is going to be a much tougher conference than they are use to.
6.Rio Grande Valley
The Bees need some help on D also. They need to sign a couple of vets. Goaltending ???
I’ve put the Kings all the way down in 7th place and I’m not even sure they are going to make it there but I’ve got to have faith. They’ve done so much wheeling and dealing that it’s hard to know if this is going to work out or not.
They need a new captain. They might suffer from fatigue with the older guys on the team, however they might surprise me. But these are the facts:Christian, Richards, Landmesser, Louis Dumont, Anthony Battaglia, and Nathan Lutz were all born in the 70’s. Sorry folks , but that scares me to death.
It might be an amazing season or a disaster. Already I believe we desperately need a starting netminder. Plus we need help on the blue line.
I just don’t know, after their dismal year last year. Which team is going to show up on the ice.
Turner Conference They’ll end up this way.
That’s the way I see it and I’m Joe Sports.
This Weekend-Season Begin Friday !!
Friday, The RiverKings start on the road they play at Bossier-Shreveport, 7:05 pm- You can hear the broadcast on 1210 AM, WMPS-AM at 6:50 pm (Audio streamed at www.sports56whbq.com).
It’s our home opener on Saturday, October 16th: Bossier-Shreveport at RiverKings, 7:05 PM, DeSoto Civic Center, Southaven. Broadcast coverage on 87.7 FM, WPGF-FM “The Pig.” (Audio streamed atwww.radiopig.com).
See you at the game Saturday,