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Showing content with the highest reputation on 05/25/2018 in all areas

  1. 1 point
    If the basketball team schedule suddenly has a huge increase in weekend dates, it may tell the story. Sorry to see hockey gone for you guys. Good luck in getting something else established later.
  2. 1 point
    May be old news, but it's a new SPHL team. And we want to support them any way we can.
  3. 1 point
    Good point, I didn't think about doing an extended road trip around the area, I guess we'll wait and see when the schedule is released.
  4. 1 point
    That sounds a lot like what happened in Roanoke with the Vipers, after they left we were without hockey for ten years. My understanding is that several potential owners attempted to bring teams back but the Vipers left such a sour taste in the civic centers mouth they wouldn't give any of them a lease. Thankfully I guess Bob McGinn really had his act together enough to convince them to give him a chance.
  5. 1 point
    The city (Louisville) was home to two professional ice hockey teams in the East Coast Hockey League, from 1990 to 1994 the Louisville Icehawks, followed by the Louisville RiverFrogs from 1995 to 1998. The city also had an American Hockey League team from 1999 to 2001, the Louisville Panthers. Club Sport Played League Venue Louisville Blades Ice hockey 1948–1950 International Hockey League United States Hockey League Louisville Gardens Louisville Shooting Stars Ice hockey 1953–1954 International Hockey League Louisville Gardens Louisville Rebels Ice hockey 1957–1960 International Hockey League Louisville Gardens Freedom Hall Louisville Icehawks Ice hockey 1990–1995 East Coast Hockey League Broadbent Arena Louisville RiverFrogs Ice hockey 1995–1998 East Coast Hockey League Broadbent Arena Louisville Panthers Ice hockey 1999–2001 American Hockey League Freedom Hall
  6. 1 point
    Maybe he's a good "value"?
  7. 1 point
    It isn't too bad on travel since when most teams travel that far, they tend to play 3-4 games in that area. So yes it's a 16 hr bus ride but if we can get 3-4 games in between the three 'midwest' cities on one trip, then it's not as bad.
  8. 1 point
    The next time logic is used in a critique of business models on a hockey message board will be the first.
  9. 1 point
    There is no reason that this team should be folding. A non profit should not be allowed to run a sports team. The Metro Memphis area has over a million people and the building should be full every game. The game sells itself once you see it one time. The management put little to no effort that I could see into marketing and promotion of the team. I have been going to games for a quarter century of my life and I am sad that there will probably not be hockey here anymore. I only went to one game this season since I was unemployed. Wish now I could have made it to more. Honestly it has been downhill since they changed the name from Memphis to Mississippi.
  10. 1 point
    I don't understand what distinction is being made here. The old Ice Gators franchise has become the new Quad City one. Right. It's just a name. This seems like a rhetorical question, but I'll answer it genuinely: yes. It's not like there are dozens of "real" leagues around the US. The Central Hockey League "folding" a few years ago created an environment that is challenging for many of their former franchises. Evansville and Quad City are both former CHL locations that struggled to support the ECHL cost structure. Brampton and Rapid City are both around the 3000 mark in attendance, so don't be surprised if they eventually can't field ECHL squads. They're geographically much further though making the SPHL an exceptionally unlikely destination. The upside to the addition of teams outside the traditional footprint means it becomes much more viable for other franchises to join. It gives more flexibility for the SPHL to schedule closer opponents heavily (like they currently do with Evansville and Peoria).
  11. 1 point
    They seem to be pretty great until they reach the finals.......