The IHL and Central Hockey League have announced their intent to join forces next season, all under the CHL moniker.
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Most of the details have to be determined, including schedule, and a collective bargaining agreement with the Professional Hockey Players' Association, and how that will all affect teams from the CHL and IHL.
It's clear, however, that the IHL hopes to remain an its own entity under an umbrella within the CHL.
"Right now we're going to work out all the details, but we've put a working agreement together, and we're scheduling between the two leagues," Hextall said. "All the details will have to be worked out in the next two to three weeks."
Hextall said it's likely that the majority of games for teams like the Komets will be played in what was the current IHL.
"We'll look at it geographically," he said. "That's how the IHL always did it. The geography was set up to avoid the 10-hour bus rides, so when we do sit down to schedule, that will all come into mind. ... It's not going to be a full schedule this year (with the CHL). You're not going to be playing 50-50. It'll be like the American and National Leagues of baseball."
So far, according to Hextall, only four of the IHL's six teams have committed to the new CHL: Fort Wayne, Quad City, Bloomington and Dayton. Flint is in need of new ownership.
Asked about Port Huron, Hextall said, "I don't have a good answer yet on that."