Potential VHL Expansion Team Locations
As we all know, VHL expansion is upon us, so let’s go through some of the expansion locations through as suggested and/or reviewed by renowned world traveler (not really) Dalton Wilcox:
Edmonton: Oof this is a tough one. Edmonton is cold, dreary and there’s just not much to see in town. There’s not much to do here other than go to that big ass mall in town. At least the players won’t have too many distractions off the ice and can focus on hockey. This also might be a little too close to another VHL team in Calgary.
Tokyo: Dalton loves Tokyo! Konichi-wa! Expanding to Tokyo will bring the first VHL team into the Asian market and Tokyo has all the infrastructure needed to support a professional hockey team.. The food (sushi!), the sights, the nightlife the ladies (Dalton loves his Japanese girls), are all amazing! The only potential con of Tokyo is that hockey is not that big (yet) and attendance might be an issue at VHL games. Also the availability of such delicious food will make keeping up fitness an ongoing challenge. However, the Japanese fans tend to be passionate about their sports and Dalton sees them growing to love their VHL team should they get one.
Oslo: Ah the capital of Norway. Norway is quickly becoming a hockey hotbed in the international scene having been more competitive in international competitions in recent years. Oslo is considered one of the most livable cities in the world with a high quality of life rankings, and the players on Oslo’s roster will absolutely love living here. Food, attractions and culture are all amazing here, not to mention all the skiing that can be done on days off. If Dalton gets picked up in the expansion draft by Oslo, he would welcome it with open arms.
Sydney: Oy mate! Hello from the land down unda! Like Tokyo, hockey may not be a traditional Australian sport but Dalton thinks that the fans are going to love it, especially the way Dalton plays, which should remind them of life in the outback (whatever that means). Australia has nice weather and kangaroos, and plenty of beaches for surfing and swimming on off days.
Rio de Janeiro: If the VHL decides to expand to South America, Rio de Janeiro could be an enticing option. The warm weather, many beaches, Brazilian women (carnival!!) will all be attractive to VHL players. There are also a lot of tourist attractions in Rio, however players must be aware at all times as crime may be a problem in this city. Brazil is a soccer-first country and hockey may not get the attention it deserves amongst the fans, so the VHL will definitely need to do some work in order to fill the stands.
These locations may not necessarily be traditional hockey markets (other than Edmonton and Oslo) but it does expand the reach of VHL further across the globe. Is this what the VHL wants? Or is this what Dalton wants? For global domination? Stay tuned...
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