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  1. 12 points
    Here's my official prediction: Pensacola will get all of their call-ups back in March and win their 3rd straight title. However, for kicks and giggles, let's just imagine that their call-ups stay in the ECHL... Some combination of Knoxville, Pensacola, and Peoria will finish 1-2-3 in the regular season. Columbus and the RiverKings will be 4th and 5th Louisiana is the bubble team, they're going to have a neck-and-neck race with the FireAntz at the end of the season. However..... Fayetteville is going to wish they played Huntsville more down the stretch, and not on the golf course in April. So in the playoffs... (1) Knoxville over (6) Louisiana, 2-0. IceGators play entire series on the road again due to inpromptu riot at Nickelback concert damaging the Cajundome's ice plant. (2) Pensacola UPSET by (5) Mississippi, 2-1. The Ice Flyers' ECHL callups arrive the day after the series ends. (3) Peoria UPSET by (4) Columbus, 2-1. Dave Eminian blames refs, SPHL, and sues Kyle Rank's glove manufacturer - then ODs on smug inhalation. RIP, Eminian. The following day, the Florida Panthers announce move to Peoria. Second Round... (4) Columbus over (5) Mississippi, 2-1. Every game goes to OT. A delirious Leo Thomas scores the series winner into his own net in the 4th OT on a delayed penalty, then loses 'wobble-off' with Andrew Loewen. And in the finals... (1) Knoxville UPSET by (4) Columbus, 2-0. Loewen kneecapped by Segal in the 1st period of Game 1. Szabados backstops a series shutout, kicks Bryan Hince's ass, gets signed by Edmonton, and then retires in protest. Drops mic.
  2. 10 points
    This thread has so very little to do with hockey and to bring up player's personal lives lacks class. Let's stick to the players and coaches, leaving their personal lives off the threads.
  3. 9 points
    Two more away games and then two home games before the regulation season is over. Call me crazy, I don't care. I have loved every minute of hockey this season. The ups, the downs, the wins, the losses, the fun, and especially the new FireAntz family that I've grown to LOVE..both fans and players alike. I will continue to watch them play every time the puck drops - playoffs or no playoffs. I have loved it all….and will continue to wear the proud colors of the FireAntz again next year!!! FIREANTZ FAN FOREVER….
  4. 9 points
    I wanted to say that Saturday night was one the best Military Nights the Havoc has ever done! As a Vet I was extremely impressed. The troops coming back out of the rafters again was awesome. The oath of enlistment on the ice with the General was one of the coolest things I have seen done! Kudos to the Havoc staff for making that happen. We need more events and public displays of our military like that. I got goose bumps. The Havoc players stayed out to watch and show their respect. TOTAL CLASS! Top it off with 5900 in the building to see a Big needed Win. A great Auction to raise money for Army Emergency Relief. I bought my jersey and will wear it proudly! Thank you Havoc for a great night.
  5. 9 points
    I'm like many of you I not only follow the SPHL and it's teams but I also follow the entire minor league hockey landscape. It's a hobby and I'm a fan. I have been to many different hockey venues through the years and have seen the good and bad in all of them and have also seen many teams come and go. In some of the markets that "went" I sit back and wonder......why? I'm not naive enough to assume there is one blanket reason hockey fails or attendance drops in every market. But I do see a common reason hockey attendance begins to decline in certain markets and it's very simple: The game day experience. I realize teams run on a strict budget and don't have the luxury of extravagant lighting and all kinds of expensive props but they can take the time and effort to come up with cost effective ways to make coming to a hockey game new and fresh every year. Too many teams fall back on whats comfortable and in my opinion fall into a rut. Fans come to the games and watch hockey and see the same thing over and over year after year with nothing new injected into the game day experience. To be brutally honest....it gets quite boring and fans quit looking forward to coming to the games. The hard core fans will always be there for the hockey but there are far more casual fans in the south than hard core and you have to make them happy. Another brutally honest fact is some teams are under staffed due to budgetary restraints and/or thinking they can get the same results using interns or getting free help from somewhere. Well, maybe there is a rare occurence where one of those types pan out but for the most part you get what you pay for. Finding staff that have creative ideas, a drive to work hard for the team, and can take those creative ideas and make them work is imperative to a successful hockey franchise. There is ZERO EXCUSE for a team not to have new ideas injected into the game day experience each year. As many teams sit in their complacency with the gameday experience and use sub par staff to work in their offices who don't take care of the fans and game day officials and inject new excitement and ideas into the game day experience it's almost a guarantee that eventually attendance is going to decline and teams will fail no matter how successful the teams are on the ice. A hockey game shouldn't be "just a hockey game", it should be an experience. Just my two cents...
  6. 8 points
    Absolutely delusional. I'm sorry but he is. Look at the rosters of the other teams. They had one real small stretch of good hockey, let's not forget they played Huntsville 5 times in it I believe although someone will look it up and confirm right or wrong I am sure. Every team went through similar stuff. Check out the transactions. Fact is this team sucked from day one. Never improved in fact got worse. Excuses piled up. Yes there were injuries. To a tough guy who had a few points. Lost Clewlow but not till late and replaced with McQuade. Toy was terrible from day one so no real loss. Carriveau is always hurt and had never been depended on. Played 50 games in 2 years so not much impact anyways. Sheldrake was suspended and about time. Emery had no control over him. He almost tripled his average pims per year average anyways. Had ample opportunity to make changes. Trades? Only reason he couldn't make trades is because he over paid a bunch of them and other teams aren't that stupid. That's a known fact, a Kevin McKnaught quote actually. Bottom line they had no d zone systems and were unprepared week after week. Many complaints from players about this issue. He is over his head and have no idea how he still has a job today. Sorry for the rant, it's not personal I don't even know coach personally but a blind man can see these issues. This article just made me mad, excuse after excuse. How about "I failed to prepare and adapt game to game, failed to make the necessary changes and many players under achieved". I will try to correct my and the Teams short comings providing I have a job next week.
  7. 8 points
    Great article.I hope he does come back next year! Everyone here on this forum bashing him wouldn't be if he was on their team. He's a true team player who sticks up for his teammates.
  8. 8 points
    This time of year always made my heart beat a hair faster and my breath come a little quicker. I knew hockey was just out of my reach, but I would soon be able to submerse myself in it. Well...not this year. But next. I have complete faith we will have a team again, even if our arena is dark, and warm, and seems so empty now. We'll be back. In the meantime; I wish a safe, successful season to every team in the SPHL. We may not be the NHL but we are still a ROCKIN' league. I may be teamless, but I'm not leagueless. Best of luck to all of you. Cherish your team. You never know when you might be in the situation as Riverhawks and Surge fans.
  9. 7 points
    My wife & I (or a couple of times just me) have taken road trips to over 3 dozen minor-league hockey venues during the last 7 seasons. I've been snapping digital photos of the interior spaces - and an occasional exterior shot - of most of these arenas as something to help us remember our visits. See below a link to some photos of the current (and some former) SPHL arenas that we've visited so far. • Knoxville Coliseum (Knoxville Ice Bears) • Landers Center (Mississippi RiverKings) • Peoria Civic Center-Carver Arena (Peoria Rivermen) • (former SPHL venue) U.S. Cellular Coliseum (Bloomington Thunder) • (former SPHL venue) Columbus Civic Center (Columbus Cottonmouths) • (photo link added in 2014-15 season) Von Braun Center-Propst Arena (Huntsville Havoc) • (added for 2016-17 season) Ford Center (Evansville Thunderbolts) • (added for 2018-19 season) TaxSlayer Center (Quad City Storm) Please feel free to add your own arena photos to this thread, either as links like I did or as embedded images. I'd be interested in seeing those rinks I haven't been able to visit. Who knows, I might just be inspired to schedule another road trip (or five). You are also welcome to poke around the remaining photo sets in my Flickr collection for pictures of other arenas in other leagues. I hope you enjoy.
  10. 7 points
    I'll be back next season! I'd rather watch a team that ended up in 2nd last than no hockey at all.
  11. 7 points
    Some people enjoy going to games to see hockey, whether the home team wins or loses. While it is certainly fun to have a winning home team, people in Fayetteville and surrounding areas should be thankful they have a hockey team in a stable league. Just my opinion.... I always find it funny that the people who whine and complain about the team and threaten to not buy tickets, etc always end up at the Crown watching the Antz play and that is really the way it should be. If hockey is to stay in Fayetteville, fans are going to have to get past the lackluster teams and go for the love of the game.
  12. 7 points
    Here's a positive. I have never understood or had ANY attraction to must sports, especially hockey. The only sport I've ever followed, albeit very little, was Dallas Cowboy football. I was a varsity softball player in high school, but after graduating only played a few times. I went to my first FireAntz game over 10 years ago. Not having anyone to explain anything, I was lost and swore I'd never return. Then..... A dear friend that volunteers at the games kept talking about everything FireAntz related with lots of enthusiasm. We got some comp tickets at the end of last year and we went with our young son. Our friend started explaining some of the strategies, penalties, etc. As I looked around at all the families and friendly faces from my own home town, I saw smiles, laughter, and cheers everywhere. Young and old alike, the fans didn't care if the team won or lost. They just loved cheering on their beloved local team. The first time my son got up, started giggling and dancing to "YMCA", I was hooked. It was about more than just watching guys skate, hit a puck, and throw a fist now and then. It was about families doing something POSITIVE together in Fayetteville. It was about a safe environment to have fun. It was about blowing off some steam from the work week. It was about making new friends. My husband decided to volunteer this year and we haven't missed a game yet. We have become a FireAntz family. We even watch the away games online! We love the hockey games themselves, the players, the crowd interaction, and mostly...we love the new friends that we've made in our new FireAntz "family". Yes, the team could score more, but ultimately it is a sport. No team will win every game. Our only hope is that they play hard, do their best, and keep improving. I'd say that their recent games prove they are doing EXACTLY THAT! Go Fayetteville! Go FireAntz! #AntzArmy
  13. 7 points
    It always throws up a caution flag when a player has been shipped around so much and played for so many different teams. In the end, I am liking Robertson over Skelly and Vallencourt though so I think it is working out just fine for the Antz! It is really hard for a fan to question a move made by a coach, whom knows the team chemistry and the locker room situations much better than us fans looking in from the outside.
  14. 7 points
    It's all good. We didn't have a very road-trip friendly schedule, so we're looking forward to having a good time out of town. Empty nets on both sides, but no goals are scored - until Columbus tips it in their own net at the buzzer to give the "win" to Huntsville. Line brawl ensues. Szabados decks Kallechy. Pandemonium.
  15. 6 points
    I'll be buying tickets to every game I can…. and it has ZERO to do with whether the team wins or loses. I love the game, the fun, the music, the laughter, and the friends I've made. It's the whole experience. Playoffs are great, but they are just extra games. Sure, it would have been great for "bragging rights", but each fan has their own reason for cheering or not cheering for a team. I choose to cheer for the Antz.
  16. 6 points
    In his latest story, he reports Jake Trask rejoining the team was a "surprise addition in a move unannounced by the team." Yet a week ago, Fayetteville "didn't look like a professional organization on or off the ice" for "roster moves left uncommunicated by the front office."
  17. 6 points
    I for one would like to say that Huntsville has much that other cities in the SPHL want. 1.) Huntsville has one of the best rinks to watch and enjoy hockey. I made my first visit last year and have not stopped talking about all the good things I saw. 2.) Huntsville has some of the most loyal fans of the SPHL. Each year the attendance is very impressive. That comes from the loyal fans and putting a product on the ice that brings the so-so fan back. 3.) The Huntsville team is very active in the community and is showing the city a good product. 4.) I love it when Huntsville comes to town because I love to see them lose. When you beat Huntsville you beat a team that is on the ice to win not just to skate. 5.) I also love this years sweater with the "H". Old school and I want one. 6.) I do not consider your team losers or any Huntsville fan down. I know you all will be back next year kicking butt and I can't wait till you come to Pensacola. It is always a great game. Thanks for being good loyal fans and having a great team to play against every year. The SPHL is a better becuase of you all.
  18. 6 points
    If the basic facts are not in dispute, we don't need to talk about: The Havoc have terrible, record-breaking performance this season. The Havoc have been losing. The Havoc are losing. The Havoc will, in all likelihood, continue to lose. The Havoc will be hitting the golf courses instead of the playoffs in April. Trading "good players" from the roster has not fixed the problem. Waiving "bad players" from the roster has not fixed the problem. Adding "new players" to the roster has not fixed the problem. Getting "some players" to even show up remains a problem. The coach has been repeatedly and angrily blamed for the problem. The Havoc office stands behind the coach 100%, despite the problem. The Havoc players and coach are good guys who perform good acts of public service. Good guys who perform good acts of public service are still no substitute for a playoff berth in the eyes of some fans. We have spent the last 4 months debating these points, including a particularly vicious threadnought that very nearly invoked Godwin's Law. Yes, the Havoc's win percentage is below 0.500. In fact, it's below 0.250. But rehashing it just gets annoying. If I wanted to hear that much vented spleen I'd hang out in the Fayetteville forum. Instead, why don't you start some threads that offer the potential for fresh discussion: Who would...you keep on the roster for the next season? Do we...need to maintain a dedicated enforcer on the roster? Which one...of the rookies has given us the best bang for the buck? Do pairs...of goalies work better than a regular starter and a bench-warming backup? Which waters...are best to fish in for replacement players? Why do...the Havoc frequently lose by a goal or two, instead of by 9-2 blowouts? Light sabers...and wiener dogs -- can we do better for game day promotions? Who picks...the game day music and how do I get the playlist? How can...the SPHL obtain more consistent and higher quality referees? I saw...some bad play on Saturday, and I want to walk through it to educate the unenlightened. Vanna White...should sit in section 218. There you go, fred. Eleven potential topics, all in a style guaranteed to annoy JMC-STL.
  19. 6 points
    You weren't at the game! The Rivermen taunted him all night and would not step up to the plate. Their game plan was to taunt him into the penalty box. Consistent Cheap shots throughout the game from the Rivermen. Nothing was being called and he lost his temper after a collision that knock down our goalie. You can call it the way you want but, they played dirty hockey.
  20. 6 points
    Why don't you go to the brewmaster's face and say that? Why are you hiding behind a keyboard? Go to the brewery and make it yourself, then keep it at the temperature you want. Not so easy, tough guy!!! <3,500 words on Bud Light's charitable contributions, sales and popularity>
  21. 6 points
    What gets to me is that you look forward to hockey all year and this is what you get. Another thing that bothers me is that on this forum some members berated some of us for speaking out on this team that is on their way to becoming the joke of the league. Guys it not like we want them to lose it's the fact that when you spend your hard earned money on a team you expect to see some effort. I have watched minor league hockey for about 58 years since I was a little guy and I really feel like I know what I am talking about. When you see a team that game after game looks like its their first time on the ice together, when you see a team getting only 24 or 25 shots on goal and giving up 45 or 50 even on home ice its makes you say, gee something is wrong here. When you bring back d men that under-performed last year chances are you will get the same thing this year. One poster I forget who it was said "coach doesn't wanted to change players and ruin the chemistry of the team. Well in school I was a little weak in chemistry but here's a good equation for you. Coach protecting friends on team + returning dead weight players from last year + averaging 20 some shots on goal, and giving up 40 to 50 shots on goal + terrible passing + not being able for d men to even skate the puck out of our own zone and looking like in every other game its the first exhibition game = LOSING - us members do not revel in this situation since we all love the game, want hockey in Fayetteville forever and will still support this team. It is not too late, look at the transactions other teams have made wholesale changes and at least now they are improved and fun to watch, that's all we want. Can I get an amen on this.
  22. 6 points
    Looks to me like it ain't the girl doing the whinning....
  23. 6 points
    I'm kind of tired of people threatening to not go to games or stop following the Antz only to never follow through and end up interested again when they win again. It's probably a better idea to support the team regardless of win or loss....
  24. 6 points
    I did my best to compile all of the protected lists, signings, trades, and other news into a single spreadsheet. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1s4zu9Oy8L6_yBis1xRJGq5K4nkoNj6yTvZZOXok1aLI/edit?usp=sharing I have comments available on the spreadsheet in case there is stuff that I missed or needs to be updated. So, enjoy, y'all! :-) Edit: Player and Team links added.
  25. 6 points
    I personally believe if you are a true fan you say what you feel. It may not always be good and other people may not agree with you but to take the time to say anything at all shows you are passionate about the team and that's a good thing. Things aren't always gumdrops and rainbows either and this is certainly one of those cases. Caution to everyone...this may run long. No....not me right? I know people are saying the team has quit and that they don't care. I personally don't believe that. Quitting to me is not skating and going out there going through the motions. I personally believe the problem with this team is a little more complicated than that. I think the first problem and this team is that our core players, who i consider to be Hince, Van Vliet, Price (because he's a vet), and Segal simply aren't the players they once were. I will give Seags a pass because he spent 30 days on the IR and played well this weekend up until getting tossed last night. But prior to that his game was not very good. He completely forgot that we need his offensive and fast side more than we need his tough side. Maybe that will change since he has gotten back. Van Vliet and Price have been a very big disappointment. I could give tons of examples like pinching in with no forwards back to cover or getting caught behind the net on the breakout but I'd be typing forever. Vlieter isn't the all star defenseman he once was nor is Price playing like the defenseman he was projected to be. Hince is not the goalie up to this point he once was either. I'm not going to bash Hince too much though because he has been faced with some awful defense in front of him lots of times but he still is letting in some soft goals that in past years he would have always stopped. On to the forwards and a new paragraph so your eyes don't start bleeding I'll start this with an example. You ever been faced with being told to complete a task of some kind and you give it a shot but your personal skill set prevents you from doing it right? It's not that you aren't trying it's that you just aren't good at it. Well, I think that's the situation with our forwards. I personally think we have two quality forwards and those are Satim and Drolet. Power shows flashes of being good but he's inconsistent. The rest of the forwards I honestly think they try but just don't have the ample skill set for this league. They don't "see the play" meaning they don't know what to do in order to create a scoring chance. Is Craigen at fault for all this? Well, yes and no. Yes in the fact he recruited these guys, he signed the core guys and he's the coach so he is ultimately responsible. But no in the fact he can give guys plays or systems but he can't go out on the ice and make them perform well what he teaches. The problem with Craigens team, in my opinion, is he has too many muckers and not enough skill players. So how does he fix it? Next paragraph.... I think Craigen deserves a chance to fix this. Give him a chance to make changes wherever he feels they need to be made to get this team back on track. I know Craigen isn't ok with losing. He's too passionate of a person to just sit back and accept failure. He may make me out to be a liar but I believe he will do everything in his power to make things right and get this team winning again. In the SPHL, with the playoff format that it is, it's all about just getting in. Once you get in, it's anybodys championship to win. Whoever is hottest for those 3 weeks raises the cup. Can he make changes and find some line combinations to have a great finish after this terrible start? That's where he will prove whether he's got the coaching skill to turn things around. I just think we fans should give him a little trust and time to turn things around. I'm sure at some point in every one of our lives we can point out a time when we struggled at something. Be it sports or in our personal lives. We wouldn't have wanted our team mates or friends/family to just cast us off as garbage. I personally am going to sit back and see what he does to right the ship. I think he will make things right. I hope so. Novel over