OHL’s Plymouth Whalers likely to re-locate from Michigan

The Plymouth Whalers could be on the move. Metro Detroit’s Ontario Hockey League team looks to be on the verge of re-location, citing poor attendance numbers for years.

Here is ESPN’s Craig Custance on the issue:

The Whalers have struggled to get fans into the Compuware Arena for years, competing in a tough market that includes an NHL team, college hockey teams, and other OHL teams (Saginaw & Windsor) nearby. The Whalers have only sold out 1 game this season, and have only had a crowd of more than 3,000 on two occasions this season. A move to Canada seems to make the most sense for the financially struggling franchise.

USA Hockey is taking over the Compuware Arena to use for it’s Under-17 team and Under-18 team, which hinted that the Whalers could be on the move.

Other than Plymouth, there are only 2 other United States-based teams in the OHL (Erie Otters and Saginaw Spirit). Notable Whaler alumni include Tyler Seguin, David Legwand, James Neal, and Stephen Weiss.

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