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  1. 5 points
    So I just wanted to take a minute and give my two cents on all the changes that have taken place. I have met the new owners, and I really am excited about the way the talk and the way they carry themselves when it comes to hockey in Fayetteville. I admit, the whole name change thing kinda hit me hard ... I wasn't expecting it ... but I am not gonna bash the idea! They really put a lot of thought into it all and it fits their marketing scheme well ... Anthony (the ant) is a good friend of mine and I was absolutely floored to think he wouldn't be around anymore ... but, I have looked at the "Marky" situation and I again am seeing where their marketing scheme fits with the Fox ... so I won't bash him either ... in fact, I was at the unveiling and I like the guy, but he has to grow on ya a bit!! My biggest, and best praise ... has to go to the front office of the Marksmen ... these guys and gals are putting their feet on the ground and running ... they have created some fabulous package deals with sponsors ... they are concentrating on raising attendance back and even beyond the glory days of the FireAntz ... the season ticket program the have now is amazing and I even bought and extra seat this year because of it ... As a fan and a loyal follower, myself and Piehole and Iceman and many others have been saying for the last couple of years that we needed to mix things up and take some drastic measures to get butts back in the seats, and these guys are doing that!! I can hardly wait til our 1st military night this year, cause I think we will see record numbers like we used to have!!! Many people have got mad and even vowed to boycott the team ... WHY?? Because they kept hockey alive in Fayetteville!? I think some people are still clouded in their vision to not see that the Antz were about to be another casualty ... The attendance for the last two years has been PATHETIC!! As a Florence native, and a former Pee Dee Cyclones fan ... let me tell you, it sucks to lose hockey!! To have nothing ... that's how I became an Antz fan ... that's why I drive 88 miles to see them play ... I bet if you ask the die hard Columbus fans they would tell you, that if someone came in and kept hockey there but changed the name and mascot, they probably wouldn't be mad but for a minute!! I say to all of the people who are skeptical ... or doubtful ... give these guys a chance!! I have seen SO MUCH being done this offseason from the front office ... I am truly excited about it!! Let's go Marksmen!!
  2. 4 points
    I agree with everything you ar saying WLGT. I've also have met the owners over a couple beers at a swamp dog's game. They will improve the attendance. They've already added cameras and show replays on the marquee. With Jeff Longo and his experience in the hockey world, I see good things in the furture for our Marksmen. I'm looking forward to hockey.
  3. 2 points
    http://www.cityviewnc.com/2017/09/06/154231/fayetteville-marksmen#.WbNEaRfOZpo.facebook It's about more than the sport, if the recently rebranded Fayetteville Marksmen hockey team shoots their shot right. "Our mission is to get people into the building for every reason other than hockey," new co-owner and team president Jeff Longo told the North State Journal in May. "Then, the hockey speaks for itself."
  4. 2 points
    I've always told the last owners it would be better to put a butt in a seat for $5.00 than 10-15 bucks and no butts.
  5. 2 points
    Nice article. Ive always believed what the article included. Get the casual fans there some way or another and put a quality product on the ice and most people will enjoy the excitement of the game and come back for more. Best way is to have a packed house where the crowd is loud and into the games. The players feed off of all the fans as well. We had some good crowds last year in Roanoke, it makes a total difference in the enjoyment of the games for everybody. Some of the best times were by a promotion our echl team would do back in the day. $5 dollar tickets for everyone to get in for one game a year they called "Pack the Roundhouse Night". Nothing like every seat filled and close to 9,000 loud fans. It brought the casual fan out and im sure a few of them are hardcore fans now. I like your teams new owners they seem to know what they are doing and I surely hope they turn the attendance around so we can be rivals in the league for a long time. Glad to see owners are helping them out to, like they should be. Nobody in the league is really close enough to steal any other teams fan bases. So they should all be sharing tips with each other to help grow the stability of the league. Getting close to season, just a little over a month and a week. Im ready for our first showdown October 20th!!!!!!!!
  6. 2 points
    Another Tim Boyle article: Hingham’s Tim Boyle holding onto NHL dream
  7. 2 points
    I'm sure the FHL loves their only southern team saying, "we're just doing this to get an SPHL team." lol
  8. 2 points
    This league's business model is unsustainable as it stands at the moment. The Columbus situation proves that. Member teams need to be able to prove that they can cover the full expense of playing the season without selling a single ticket with a performance bond before they are approved to play. Teams must have adequate staffing to sell tickets and sponsorships, do public relations, create a first-class website, and provide a quality webcast. Teams must share best practices for sponsorship, group and season ticket sales. The league needs to invest in educating team staffers in sales techniques and marketing. Anyone wanting to buy into the league would be vetted to the point that it would feel intrusive, because it has to be. Can't have another Danny Smith.
  9. 2 points
    The "reaction" emojis are like a marriage- first, love at first click, then sad, then confused, then ha-ha, and finally just thanks.
  10. 2 points
    March 1st looked interesting - until I found out it's not "Win Tickets for a Trip to a Tropical Island Night".
  11. 2 points
    Please take your time to proofread before you post on here because the majority of us are trying to decipher and interpret what you're trying to tell us due to your lack of grammatical skills and/or literacy.
  12. 2 points
    I guess you never showed to a game where Strukoff, Rivait, and Campagna were willing to drop the gloves...... Not to mention Thompson.....
  13. 2 points
    Will be there for sure.It has been a long 16 years since we had hockey in B'ham.Sad to hear Dave Semenko has passed away.He was a thorn in our side when the Bulls and Edmonton faced off in WHA action.Always entertaining to watch him protecting The Great One.
  14. 2 points
    Ok thanks. I thought maybe you were a dedicated $2 beer drinker. When I retire, I plan to travel around the country for $2 beer nights at every arena that has them. My guess is not to many NHL games. But probably most minor league teams have it at least once a year.
  15. 2 points
  16. 2 points
    Thanks for the information. Long live the Fireantz!
  17. 1 point
    Wondering how many times a dead horse can be beaten????????
  18. 1 point
    Green - Re-signed Red - Not Returning/Attending other Training Camp Blue - Vet* *By SPHL definition, Vets are players who have 224 professional games or more played. Each team is allowed up to 3 vets on their rosters. All 3 vets have to be combined less than 1100 games played. Protected List F, Corey Banfield F, Josh Cousineau F, Stephen Hrehoriak - Signed with South Carolina (ECHL) F, Joe Kalisz - Signed with Quad City (ECHL) F, Massimo Lamacchia F, Patrick Megannety - Signed with South Carolina (ECHL) F, Ken Neil F, Andrew Schmit - Signed with Indy Fuel (ECHL) F, Maxime St-Cyr D, Louis Belisle D, Brandon Blair - Signed to Rapid City (ECHL) D, Brad Bourke - Signed to Fort Wayne (ECHL) D, Nathan Bruyere Unprotected Players Goalies : Matt Zenzola John McLean - Retired Defensemen : Sean Gammage - Drafted by Birmingham Mark Bittner Evan Moore Jeremy Gates Forwards : Stephen Buco Josh Harris - Signed to OLOFSTROMS IK (Sweden\Divison2) Aaron Clarke Jesse Stoughton John Gustafsson - Signed with MRK (SPHL) New Players D, Kyle Haines - Fife Flyers (EIHL) LW, Martin Gruse - Saint Mary's Univ. (NCAA III) LW, Phil Bushbacher - Dunarea Galati (Romania)\ECHL experience\(Former SPHL Team : LOU) C\D, Shayne Morrissey - Neumann Univ. (NCAA III) F, Corbin Chapman - Augsburg College (NCAA III) F, Garrett Milan - Edinburgh Capitals (EIHL) IceFlyers 2017-18 Training Camp Forwards : #7 Josh Cousineau #24 Stephen Hrehoriak (R) - (Signed if released) Martin Gruse (R) Phil Bushbacher Shayne Morrissey (R) Corbin Chapman (R) Garrett Milan Defensmen : Kyle Haines (V- 283) Goalies : Links Josh Cousineau - https://pensacolaiceflyers.com/two-time-sphl-champion-cousineau-returns-to-ice-flyers/ Stephen Hrehoriak - https://pensacolaiceflyers.com/ice-flyers-sign-rookie-forward-hrehoriak/ Kyle Haines - https://pensacolaiceflyers.com/ice-flyers-add-leadership-with-veteran-defenseman-haines/ Martin Gruse - https://pensacolaiceflyers.com/ice-flyers-add-rookie-forward-gruse/ Phil Bushbacher - https://pensacolaiceflyers.com/ice-flyers-add-veteran-forward-phil-bushbacher/ Morrissey, Chapman - https://pensacolaiceflyers.com/ice-flyers-add-forwards-shayne-morrissey-and-corbin-chapman/ Milan - https://pensacolaiceflyers.com/ice-flyers-add-veteran-speedster-milan-for-the-2017-18-season/
  19. 1 point
    Tell 'em you want to go to 10!
  20. 1 point
    My oil slick became too costly to maintain after Harvey hit, and my grave was sold as a storm shelter for Irma. I'll live forever!
  21. 1 point
    Signings are looking good so far. If we can just get the last 4 signed off our list. Tatrn, Brewer, Ty and Spraggs. I seen Spraggs is coming back to play again if we sign him from his wife's blog. Glad to hear that, wasn't sure considering they are due to have a baby in December. Haven't heard anything on Todd Hosmer. Believe he will probably stay retired. Wouldn't mind having Gintoli, Driscoll, and even Vernace back.
  22. 1 point
  23. 1 point
    Very cool. I hope they get lots of names.
  24. 1 point
  25. 1 point
    Since you tout your own experience... If you discovered yourself running the SPHL in lieu of Combs, what would you do? What changes would you make to improve the stability of the existing league and to encourage sustainable new franchises?
  26. 1 point
    Then you should wear a Preds jersey. Even closer without being the home team. And they knocked the Blues out of the playoffs last season.
  27. 1 point
    Havoc Training Camp Roster shows Stefan listed back as a Forward this season.
  28. 1 point
    JMC and the Rivermen will always be part of the SPHL family.
  29. 1 point
    I was waiting for the announcement of "The Geritol Girls" troupe.
  30. 1 point
    Added to list. Thanks, Lumps.
  31. 1 point
    Only they're not "Thanks" any more, they're "Reactions." Must be the emotionally-neutral version.
  32. 1 point
  33. 1 point
    Some of them who are the top five in SPHL will have to compete with much better talent and won't get the playing time.
  34. 1 point
    Or maybe he didnt want to take the call up (just like Hauswirth didn't want to, who had his reasons), just saying....
  35. 1 point
    The game of hockey has changed to include the NHL. We don't see as many fights like the old days. We have enforcers when needed that can actually play a position. It's about scoring goals. I'm ready for some hockey.
  36. 1 point
    Inching up on 2/3-rds of the way to Volstate's goal. In hockey terms, that means the puck is less than a stride outside the blue line of our attacking zone. So all it needs is some one to carry it across the line along the boards and initiate a few passes to spread the opposing D. Then a crisp pass to a sniper in the high slot, who will pick the five hole & put it in the back of the net for the OT winner.
  37. 1 point
    No matter what the talent was in those leagues we know he can play and coach along with our vets will have to groom him for the SPHL. Look at Tayler Thompson, he had great stats but never got picked up by the ECHL.
  38. 1 point
    http://marksmenhockey.com/news/marky-marksmen-unveiled-as-mascot/ Fayetteville, N.C- The Fayetteville Marksmen have unveiled their mascot and the winning submission of the “Name the Mascot” contest. At a special event on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Cross Creek Mall, the team showcased Marky Marksmen for the first time. About Marky: The son of Martha and Michael J. Marksmen, Marky Marksmen is a native of Fayetteville, being born just outside of the Cross Creek Mall in the Spring of 2012. Soon after his first birthday, Martha and Michael J., along with Marky and his three brothers, moved to California. While there, Marky auditioned for the part of the fox in the music video for the hit single What Does the Fox Say?, eventually losing out to computer generated look-alike.
  39. 1 point
    I guess it wasn't a good idea to be yelling "Sniper" or "Gunner" in a crowd......
  40. 1 point
    Point 1: I have no idea how anyone watching that can believe it wasn't intentional. Point 2: He should not be banned for life, and his punishment has been reasonable to this point, but he should be reinstated soon. Point 3: Jason Price is not very good any more. I am kind of glad he cannot return to the Ice Bears, and I have heard they began pursuing him. He also limits the other 2 veterans a team can have because of his huge total of games played.
  41. 1 point
    I don't have to know what his intent was. The league officials making the decision, however, do; but they also have a compelling interest in sending a message to the players in the league that shooting pucks into the opposing bench will be interpreted as intent to injure and that players doing so will be severely sanctioned. Even if he didn't "intend" to do what he actually did, the league's interest (which is partially financial) in not have dopes shoot pucks into benches carries a far greater weight than the "intent" of a defenseman near the end of his career.
  42. 1 point
    In case you weren't where you could see it - a view of the totality portion of the solar eclipse as seen from the land of Ice Bears: Shot with an un-enhanced iPhone 7.
  43. 1 point
    That is what I get for not paying attention. The new jerseys are not much different but nice. Look like old school Penguins jerseys.
  44. 1 point
    I'm not completely familiar with all Mr. Combs has done & said during his tenure. But it sure seems to me that he's had a good influence on the League over the last few years, and has represented the owners well to the fan base & sports media.
  45. 1 point
    Reconstruction was done after the Civil War- it can be done again.
  46. 1 point
    Here's an idea: stabilize the existing teams and the business model before adding teams in markets that aren't suitably equipped. It would only make sense in the wake of one the league's foundational organizations (Columbus) going to puppy heaven.
  47. 1 point
  48. 1 point
    American winger earns try-out contract with Fife Flyers By Matthew Elder - Fife Today Read more at: http://www.fifetoday.co.uk/sport/american-winger-earns-try-out-contract-with-fife-flyers-1-4532886 Fife Flyers Ice Hockey Club is the oldest professional ice hockey club in the UK, established in 1938.
  49. 1 point
    I will just officially make this the puckcounter tough guy, toughness, rumor thread for the year......given his posting history, I know there will be more threads started this season talking about tough guys and who needs to be signed, etc.....
  50. 1 point
    Tie Domi was one player.....it doesn't take a bunch of goons or tough guys on a team to make fans happy..... I love a good fight but the notion that you need to sign a bunch of tough guys is archaic in my opinion.
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