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The Three Leading Candidates for a New Hockey Franchise

It’s incredible to believe that the NHL currently has 32 franchises in North America. There were just 21 teams in 1990. It has grown significantly in the previous 30 years, and hockey’s popularity is on the rise.

So much so that new leagues, such as the PHF, the Premier Hockey Federation, a women’s hockey league, are springing up.

Buffalo, Minnesota (Minneapolis), Connecticut (Hartford), Montreal, Toronto, and Boston are among the cities that already have clubs in the league. However, they are hoping to grow, and three towns are competing for the new pro hockey team.


One of these three cities, according to Puck Empire, could get a new franchise. However, the League has not ruled out other cities, and this problem could see a surprising resolution in the coming weeks.

PHF’s chair of the board, John Boynton, has even bigger plans for the league:

“Obviously, there is more growth for us in the future. In three to five years, I could very easily see 12 to 15 teams in the league, but we’re not there yet.”

Do you keep up with the PHF’s activities?

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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