For hockey fans living in the South Central US, ECHL hockey landed in our laps early this October when the Central Hockey League (CHL) teams — Allen Americans, Brampton Beast, Missouri Mavericks, Quad City Mallards, Rapid City Rush, Tulsa Oilers and Wichita Thunder — were absorbed into the ECHL. For local Tend the Farm folks we are situated in the middle of some great ECHL hockey: the Allen Americans are just 3 hours south of OKC; an hour and a half to the northeast is OKC’s familiar rival for many years the Tulsa Oilers; and just 2 1/2 hours to our north is another longtime rival, the Wichita Thunder in Kansas.
This season the ECHL’s central division teams will not face many non-Division teams, but when they do it is expected to be a battle as the former CHL teams build new rosters better able to face the ECHL league’s speed and skill. We will check in monthly to see how they are faring this season. As of October 31st, the former CHL teams are 1-6-1-0 against “ECHL” teams and we expect to see that improve as other former CHL teams face their ECHL teams later in the season.
While some are only 3 games into the season it is worth a look at this point to see how they are doing at the end of October — keep in mind that Rapid City had an early start and are on their 6th game already:
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