There is, however, speculation which could affect the Lakehead Thunderwolves, one way or another.
"Mr. LeBlanc and the others haven't forgotten Thunder Bay. If they win the auction, the group plans to move the Coyotes' farm team, the San Antonio Rampage, from Texas to Thunder Bay and help build a new arena." Globe & Mail, July 25Daryl Jones has done much of the talking for the group, but the other two members, Keith McCullough and Ottawa resident Anthony LeBlanc, are both from T-Bay. Their original intent was to put a major junior team in their hometown.
Lakehead, of course, has among the highest attendance in Canada at Fort William Gardens. Due to the nature of their program, depends on being able to sell tickets, unlike other teams which are under the aegis of their school's athletic department.
It's way too early in the game to speculate about this coming to pass (if you read the Make It Eight site, you'll understand why). However, the notion of an American Hockey League team in Thunder Bay is not as far-fetched as it might seem at first blush. With a population of 110,000, it's comparable in size to AHL cities such as Manchester, N.H., Springfield, Mass., and Abbotsford, B.C., where the Calgary Flames have moved their affiliate. Of course, those cities are much more densely populated areas.
The Thunderwolves might have to share their market at some point.
Former RIM executive bids on Coyotes; Anthony LeBlanc, friends from the investment world, present competing offer to buy NHL franchise for $150-million and keep it in Phoenix (Paul Waldie, Globe & Mail)