It's only going to get harder from here on out for the Nipissing Lakers to prove a viable program, especially since they won't have that two-year buffer zone of playing an exhibition schedule like some new programs have.
The North Bay school is going to give it their best shot to give Northern Ontario the prescence it's lacked in the OUA since Laurentian left the league in 2000 (Lakehead is Northwestern Ontario). All the best to them.
There's been no news about any other school (i.e., McMaster) starting up hockey. The OUA could operate with an odd number of teams, 19, beginning in 2009-10.
Council hands Gardens to Nip. U; Future of junior hockey in city in serious jeopardy (North Bay Nugget)