When I first heard about the MAHL, I thought that it might be either a fake or a fantasy league, something seemed fishy about it. But after doing a little bit of research it appears that it’s on the up-and-up. Operated by Andrew Haines, who also either runs or ran the American Indoor Football Association and the National Profesional Basketball League (two leagues with varying success. The AIFA just completed a relatively successful first season while the NPFL tried to have a season but crowned a champion in April after only six games), the MAHL will at the very least give it a go, but I wouldn’t expect a high quality product on the ice. Minor league hockey is a tough nut to crack, just ask the UHL.
Now that we know the teams, there are so many questions that come to mind…
- “What are the odds that two of the newest professional teams have the Miners nickname?”
- “How is it possible that they could release such similar logos simultaneously?”
- “Which Miners logo is better?”
- “How will global climate change affect the mining of ice? “
- “Which team has the better chance of survival?”
- “Is Miners the most overused nickname in all of minor league sports?”
- Lack of creativity
- Doesn’t matter, they are both ripoffs of many other logos. Maybe a slight edge to the Ice Miners because their wordmark is pretty cool.
- It has gotten so bad in the ice mining industry that they had to retrain them to play hockey.
- The CBA is on iffy ground, but Jay Fiedler signed some pretty hefty contracts as a football player and probably has more money to waste. Plus I still have my doubts that the MAHL will ever play a game.
- Now it is.
League: Continental Basketball Association
Location: Pikeville, Kentucky
Arena: Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center