behind the WHL getting as good as it was, teams like portland, loops and others drawing record crowds, owners trying to keep butts in seats by icing great teams shelled out for scouts, managers and coaches. Correct me if I'm wrong the WHL has always out drawn the other two leagues. To this day 3500 seats is still a fairly respectable sized building to build in the Q. In the dub if your barn only holds 3500 people you're probably thinking of building a new one (unless you are a small market team).
The owners out east just this last 12 years or so have figured it out that you can infact build up large, loyal fanbases for major junior hockey. Teams like london and quebec draw big and it's like the west it's gotten to be big business.
If the east starts pouring money into scouting, coaching and managment the way calgary, MH, Brandon and vancouver has then the WHL will have a hard time going blow for blow against them.
And FYI I think the CHL will have to get a whole lot bigger, bigger than it can probably get before markets like Medicine Hat and Brandon hit a critical mass and can no longer afford to compete.
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