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ECHL ANNOUNCES TWO NEW EXPANSION FRANCHISES INCLUDING ONE IN CANADA

The ECHL board of governors announced on Tuesday that they have approved expansion to Coralville, Iowa, and Trois-Rivieres, Quebec for the 2021-22 season.

Both franchises will be owned by Dean McDonald, who also owns the Newfoundland Growlers.

«This is an extremely exciting day for the ECHL and the future of our League, welcoming these two great markets and beautiful state-of-the-art facilities,» said ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin. «We have a great history of working with Dean's ownership group and leadership team and look forward to bringing ECHL hockey to Trois-Rivieres and Coralville, making an impact as an asset to these communities.»

«We are thrilled to help bring professional hockey to Coralville and Trois-Rivières,» said Dean MacDonald Chair of Deacon Sports and Entertainment. «Residents in both markets have responded with incredible enthusiasm for the ECHL product and now that our membership is official, we are one step closer to dropping the puck in the fall. This announcement is a credit to our strong partnerships with both municipalities, led by Mayor John Lundell of Coraville, Iowa and Mayor Jean Lamarche of Trois-Rivières, Quebec, and their significant efforts in helping this initiative happen.»

Both Coralville, and Trois-Rivieres have built brand new arenas within the last year. Xtreme Arena in Coralville will have a capacity of 5,100, while the new arena in Trois-Rivieres will have a capacity of 4,390.

Trois-Rivieres will be Canada's third ECHL team after the Brampton Beast joined in 2014, and the Newfoundland Growlers joined in 2018.





Source: ECHL
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JANUARY 12, 2021  (15H57)
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