This week's question for The Rink Live beat reporters is: If the USHL were to expand to Minnesota, which city should it go to and why?
Those reporters are Mick Hatten, Jess Myers, Austin Monteith, Brad Schlossman and Matt Wellens. Hatten covers St. Cloud State, Myers covers the University of Minnesota, Monteith covers Bemidji State, Schlossman covers the University of North Dakota and Wellens covers Minnesota Duluth.
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Hatten: I'm going to go with Bloomington because it used to be a great city for pro sports and it is in a good location for a wide base of possible fans.
Monteith: Rochester gets my pick. No offense to the NA3HL's Rochester Grizzlies, but Minnesota's third-largest city deserves a team in a higher tier league like the USHL.
Myers: The USHL would do best in a Minnesota community that does not have nearby college hockey to compete for ticket buyers. In writing about the Fairbanks Ice Dogs' one-year relocation to southwestern Minnesota, I was impressed by the facility and support in Marshall, and believe a new USHL franchise would thrive there.
Schlossman: Rochester has a large-enough population, it is a geographical fit and it has a history with the league.
Wellens: Rochester, the third-largest city in Minnesota, needs a high-level hockey team and the USHL could fill that void. With no minor league or NCAA teams in town, a USHL team would take center stage in the winter.