The Shawinigan Cataractes have long believed that, since 1992, they owned the Mauricie region, including control over the neighboring, larger, Trois-Rivières.
Apparently, if they still think that, the team will get a rude awakening, as it’s expected that the territorial veto will be waived in the QMJHL’s constitution during the upcoming league meetings in September in Quebec City.
The current rule is that teams have the right to veto another team wanting to set up shop within 40 km. Shawinigan and Trois-Rivières are 27 km apart.
This is particular interest to the Cataractes, as they have maintained a team in Trois-Rivières would sink the team financially and kill the inroads the team has made in the market since the Draveurs left.
Trois-Rivières is the only real market possibility, barring a major surprise, for the league to rescind this rule and it seems like this change would be made to facilitate a team moving or starting up there.
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