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1 pointI guess that ends the rumors of him retiring. Welcome back Steve Mele!!
1 pointMy kids are in the youth hockey program and we were told there will be a grand opening ceremony the Saturday following Labor Day
1 pointYes that's the league model, but it's still bad when the league can't find six teams who can consistently get 700 to 1000 people. I agree that it's good that the FHL is the only chance some towns have at a pro hockey team, but 700+ fans is not a lot, and to not be able to find six teams that can consistently do that is what people point to. Why go to these towns of less than 10,000 people with a rink that might have 800 seats like they have in the past? That's the criticism. I love the FHL business model as an idea and giving towns that chance, but in the past the league has done such a bad job of vetting potential owners, they take their expansion fee check first and then toss them into the ocean hoping they can swim. Hopefully that changes with the two rumored additions and the demise of North Shore, and particularly with Scott Brand helping them out. Truthfully, I think the bigger issue is so many teams just don't market their product. They just put a team down and think that fans will show up because, hockey! And while there are fans who will do that, you need to get the team out there and have fun nights to draw people in. And that takes money, which, clearly a lot of past owners did not have.