Ayr Centennials Purchase Kitchener Dutchmen

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Ayr Centennials Purchase Kitchener Dutchmen

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The Kitchener Dutchmen are no more.

https://www.cambridgetimes.ca/news-stor ... tchmen/


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Re: Ayr Centennials Purchase Kitchener Dutchmen

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Wow the end of an era in Kitchener! Can't say I won't miss the cold Kinsmen arena though. Best of luck to them in Ayr.
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Curious as to what the purchase price was...my guess nowhere near the $150k the league was dreaming of last year with the Collingwood fiasco!
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Someone else will probably start another team in Kitchener, probably not right away. This will benefit the Waterloo and Cambridge attendance
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Cal 99ers wrote: Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:25 pm Someone else will probably start another team in Kitchener, probably not right away. This will benefit the Waterloo and Cambridge attendance
All reports seem to suggest the league is trying to contract teams, not add.

Unless a team goes up for sale, I don't see it.
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It would be good to pare back the size of the league but unwise to eliminate the teams in the large populated areas
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Cal 99ers wrote: Sat May 02, 2020 7:29 pm It would be good to pare back the size of the league but unwise to eliminate the teams in the large populated areas
But this doesn't change much. You already have Waterloo there, and let's be honest... Kitchener-Waterloo is essentially one city at this point. Not to mention Elmira is 15 minutes down the road, Cambridge 10, Ayr 10, etc.

Not to mention, Kitchener didn't really bring in fans. Worrying about losing Kitchener is like worrying about the league losing Guelph 2 years ago. The best teams in the conference from an attendance standpoint are smaller towns like Stratford, Listowel, Elmira, Cambridge. Kitchener, Brantford and Brampton are at the low end.
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ILuvHackey wrote: Mon May 04, 2020 12:17 pm Kitchener-Waterloo is essentially one city at this point.
Don't let the K-W peeps hear you say that!
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Attendance numbers don’t lie....owners must have deep pockets or quite the sponsorship base to keep teams afloat. Be interesting what the sponsorship $$$ will be after this covid19 mess. Question is, will sponsors be able to afford that extra money
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Sure.. Scale back.. But where is this league going to get the money from? Attendance is not an issue of owners have deep pockets and business es where the losses dont matter anyway. FYI.. Dont take your lead from the OJ.. They are, as someone here once said, a rudderless ship! But then again.. The decisions this league has or has not made speak volumes as to the type of ship the GO is. If you ask me.. Things were much better when we had three independant leagues. At least decisions were being made.
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FrozenPonds wrote: Tue May 05, 2020 1:50 pm Sure.. Scale back.. But where is this league going to get the money from? Attendance is not an issue of owners have deep pockets and business es where the losses dont matter anyway. FYI.. Dont take your lead from the OJ.. They are, as someone here once said, a rudderless ship! But then again.. The decisions this league has or has not made speak volumes as to the type of ship the GO is. If you ask me.. Things were much better when we had three independant leagues. At least decisions were being made.
The OJ is the furthest thing from a rudderless ship. The move to Brantford and the deal they signed with the GOJHL to make it happen speak volumes to what their plans are and that they know they can accomplish it because the GOJHL owners can't agree on a single thing.
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Any word if Caledonia is for sale now that Hill is gone?
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