Another one of the things people don't know about me besides Renee Martin is that I am a serious hockey fan. I learned how to ice skate before I attempted to learn how to roller skate.
My teen self not only witnessed the first game of the Houston Aeros in the Sam Houston Coliseum as they beat the Chicago Cougars, I was a passionate fan of the team The two time World Hockey Association Avco Cup champions had Gordie Howe and his sons Mark and Marty Howe on the squad.
Unfortunately, financial instability helped kill this team. They went through three ownership groups despite being a successful team on the ice. The Aeros were not admitted into the NHL, and were disbanded when the two leagues merged in 1978 and the Winnipeg Jets, Quebec Nordiques, the New England Whalers and the Edmonton Oilers were absorbed.
Despite being ranked in the top 5 in AHL attendance and winning titles in both the IHL and AHL, the Minnesota Wild, who owned the team, decided to move them to Des Moines, Iowa in 2013..
The Dallas Stars would also like that to happen so that we can start an instate NHL rivalry .
That sale of the NHL Oilers didn't happen, and it probably led to why Les messed with Houston's chances to get an NHL team in the 1997 round of NHL expansion that eventually went to Nashville.
And now, Seattle is getting the NHL's 32nd franchise to start play in 2020 once the renovations to bring Key Arena to NHL standards are completed.
We have rumors that the Arizona Coyotes and possibly the Calgary Flames may be eyeballing a possible move to Houston.
Both teams have arena issues, and more fuel was added to the rumors when the NHL Board of Governors voted to move the Arizona Coyotes into the NHL's Central Division, the same one that the Dallas Stars (and Calgary Flames) happen to play in.
But I do have a suggestion if it happens for the team's nickname if it does. .