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Last piece for tonight we hope.

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We know what you are thinking. Not another Rochester to Halifax article. Just make it stop already.

“We had been looking for a new home for the Rochester Knighthawks for awhile, but it had to be the right fit. We looked at cities across North America, and none of them compared to Halifax,” Styres told a packed sports bar in Halifax.

Rochester was on borrowed time for years. 

 

“We firmly believe this trend is going to continue. We have more teams coming. I think over the next decade to 12 years, you’re going to see a 30-team league emerge in one of the most dynamics sports in North America.”

Nick has gone all in on expanding the NLL to 30 teams. Looks likes the league is desperate for the expansion money. Currently the 11 team NLL is hard to watch. If we see the day when the NLL reaches 30 teams, the product will be completely unwatchable.  

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1. The team will keep the name, Rochester Knighthawks, and begin play in the 2019-20 season.

2. The Pegulas will pay an expansion fee, believed to be in the neighborhood of $5 million, about what Curt Styres paid when he bought the franchise in June 2008.

3. Styres will move his franchise to Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the 2019-20 season. The franchise will announce its name at a later date. Styres can retain any players and coaches he desires who are under contract. An expansion draft will be held to help stock the new Knighthawks.

4. The team will play at an improved Blue Cross Arena. The $20 million in improvements include a new scoreboard, new locker rooms and possibly new restaurant called “585.” The Pegulas operate a sports bar/restaurant at Harborcenter in Buffalo called “716.”

5. The Pegulas will continue to own a second NLL team, the Buffalo Bandits.

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Will Rochester support it? Knighthawks 1.0 had a small season ticket base and faced dwindling attendance.

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Curt Styres will be relocate the Rochester Knighthawks to Halifax for the 2019-2020 NLL season.

Rochester will be granted an expansion franchise to be run by Pegula Sports Entertainment.

H/t to CZmafia for breaking the news at the Knighthawks Alumni night back in March.

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Random Thoughts

Season starts December 1st  Saskatchewan heads to Georgia for a 7:05 PM ET faceoff.

San Diego opens at home vs Buffalo December 8 10:00 PM ET faceoff. Odd choice for an opponent. Thought the Seals would open vs a west division rival.

Philadelphia opens on December 15 vs long time rival Buffalo 1:00 PM ET face off. The league completely dropped the ball here. While it is nice to re-ignite the Wings / Bandits rivalry, the league should have scheduled the Black Wolves as the opponent for the Wings home opener. Also who decided that 7:00 PM ET would be good starting time for Friday night games?  Most of us are still battling traffic.

 

 

Halifax Finally Happening

Posted: September 5, 2018 in NLL, Rochester Knighthawks
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Well its finally happening and Rochester fans are breathing easier tonight or maybe not.. (Are storm clouds gathering?)  The NLL is coming to Halifax. Press Conference scheduled for September 13th.

We expect more announcements to come as the league finds suckers  we mean owners to pay the expansion fee.  Now about that CBA……