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  1. 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
    12 points
  2. 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.
    10 points
  3. Could we not turn every thread into a front office bashing and talking about the poor attendance? I think we all by now realize the attendance is bad and most do not think enough is being done by the FireAntz front office. The team is playing great hockey right now and that is something to be happy about. I do wish more people were there to see them but at this point, we have beat this attendance and front office horse into the ground a few times already. Let's all try to use some energy to get more people to the games by bringing people and telling people about them.
    9 points
  4. You mean the guy that was stopped from playing for 2 weeks?
    9 points
  5. 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….
    9 points
  6. 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 m
    9 points
  7. 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 da
    9 points
  8. The last several seasons we have talked about who should go, be traded or whatever due to their play. Now look at us, guessing who will be released all the time not wanting anyone to go because they are all good....kinda nice to have this problem huh???
    8 points
  9. 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. Carr
    8 points
  10. 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 points
  11. Thank you so much for continuing to post all these fight videos. Having them posted in one place in a timely manner is a time saver. People like you contribute greatly to making this forum a very special place. I appreciate your efforts.
    8 points
  12. 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
    8 points
  13. 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
    7 points
  14. Two things you can do about that: (1) Contribute only to positive content on this Board; (2) find your muse elsewhere.
    7 points
  15. So, we agree that the pay is low, and these guys have a minimal chance of making it to the highest tier of their sport. In what way does that make what they do "pretend"? Is the manager at a store a "pretend worker" if he has no hope of becoming the CEO? I am just baffled by your need to denigrate what other people do because it doesn't fit some arbitrary set of goals you have selected. Perplexing. Is the fact that people return as fans a bad thing in your book? Do you think the Lakers really hate that dick Jack Nicholson because he just keeps showing up? About the numbers
    7 points
  16. Just as an FYI, this is public information it is public record and it was posted on a public website. It is open to discussion. Unlike some Facebook pages, we are not going to suppress public information and act like it didn't happen. Much like politicians, when you are in the public eye everything you do is subject to scrutiny. So...Don't do stupid s***!!!
    7 points
  17. And your post isn't acting out an emotional response? So....... Let's look at YOUR judgment on this: Gone remaining balance of season: done All of next season: first off, he has been a pro 11 years. Most likely will be retired effective immediately. You're probably going to get your wish but not because of what you think may be the reason. And even if he doesn't retire, why all of next year? Check his stats, he's not a goon. What good does it serve? He's got to work to earn a living. How much money do you think these players are making??? Which leads me to the next one:
    7 points
  18. As a born and raised southern boy, I understand the true meaning of "southern hospitality," but the Antz fans that my wife and I met at Tuesday night's game outdid themselves. We must have had more than 20 members of Antz Nation come up and introduce themselves and welcome us into your "house" and we certainly appreciate the welcome. The love you have for your boys is apparent, and it is obvious that you are proud of your team (as you should be), but you nevertheless extended a warm welcome us. Although this season's series is over, we will certainly return and I hope we can eventu
    7 points
  19. I would like to say thank you to each and every 35,663 of you who supported your SPHL team this weekend. You showed up for your team, and whether your team showed up for you or not, it shows how passionate we "Southerners" are for a "northern" sport. One time, at an O'Charley's here where I live, I asked to turn on the Nashville Predators game. This guy at the bar asks me "How north are you"? I mean, like most of my family is from Michigan, but I just grew up liking hockey in the south. It proves so many points. First, most of these communities don't have anything else to chee
    7 points
  20. I told a friend of mine that I have been watching minor league hockey for over 50 years and that's one of the best minor league performances by a goalie that I have ever seen, we were sitting with a close up view of Parker for the third period and he made incredible stops point blank time after time, he made saves on his back, on his stomach on the glove side, with the blocker and with the glove that were absolutely spectacular. He literally won that game by himself, what a great show. So glad he got a shutout. It was a physical game with a lot of hits. The Lou goalie was very good also tonigh
    7 points
  21. I think there are mixed emotions on the team name and there are people complaining about a few things but heres the bottom line Roanoke hasn't had hockey for 10 years we should embrace the team regardless of the name and enjoy the ride. Some are complaining that the ticket prices aren't family friendly but 20 bucks is the most expensive ticket I think in comparison it's very reasonable. I personally am going to invest in 4 tickets for my family lets do some math here for my family of 4, 2 adults 2 kids (both under 12) season tickets will be approximately 1200 dollars and thats 28 nights I ge
    7 points
  22. Just wanted to holler and say I am back!! I have been extremely busy and haven't logged in here in quite some time ... Some of you know that my wife and I adopted a baby last year and lets just say, when your own kids are all grown and gone ... and suddenly you have a 7 month old running around, well ... it changes everything you do ... But, I am back ... ready for this season with new players and coaches and extremely excited to hear we are gonna grow again!! So, lets do this!!
    7 points
  23. New and improved for 2015! It was a fun project last year, so I'm doing it again this year. In addition to links to each players' eliteprospects page, this year's spreadsheet features individual tabs for each team, player stats, and last season's team. Players who fall under the league's veteran rule are highlighted. Mods - if you want to post your individual team on your team's message board, let me know, and I'll send over the iframe coding.
    7 points
  24. I'll be back next season! I'd rather watch a team that ended up in 2nd last than no hockey at all.
    7 points
  25. 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 ga
    7 points
  26. 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
    7 points
  27. 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.
    7 points
  28. 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.
    7 points
  29. 8 years old, perfect school attendance first grade through almost half of third. Not too bad for micro preemies!
    6 points
  30. I have spooken with the new guy ... one of them anyway ... there is going to be a press conference or announcement ... on or around April 7th this guy has some big visions and in his words "is going to put butts in those seats and a better energy in the Crown"
    6 points
  31. Bes has to declare a playoff roster before the playoffs start....so if Bonar decides to come back, he would have to make that decision before the playoff rosters are due to the league. I am not sure on an exact date for that... In my opinion, even if Bonar does come back Bes is going to ride Van Buskirk. He has earned the right to be in goal for this team with the amount of work he has put in once Bonar left. I am not too sure the Antz players would be very welcoming of Bonar back onto the team after he up and left them twice after basically saying he wasn't going to do that at the beginni
    6 points
  32. As an ER doctor, I see the impact (pardon the pun) of drunk driving just about every shift. It's tragic, and we need to keep drunk and buzzed drivers off the road. As Medical Director of EMS for Madison County (AL) Association of Volunteer Fire Departments and Huntsville (AL) Fire and Rescue, I have utmost respect for medics of all degrees (First Responders up through Paramedics) and Law Enforcement Officers- their duties can take quite a toll out of them, sometimes even their lives. God bless all ER and pre-hospital personnel. Doc
    6 points
  33. Sicard has been uniqueSicard has been entertaining Sicard has been willing to fight whenever necessary and Sicard has been willing to fight when totally not necessary Sicard has been a huge fan favorite to his team's fans and Sicard has been a despised villan to the opposing teams' fans Sicard has been a catylist to his teams both positively and negatively Sicard has been the big money maker in jersey auctions everywhere he's played Sicard has been always open and friendly to the young fans everywhere Sicard has been the one to watch every shift he skates because he's so unpredictable
    6 points
  34. You can also add we have one of the most stable franchises in the SPHL with an ownership group who has remained committed to the success of hockey in Fayetteville. Do we win a lot of games or make the playoffs every year? Sometimes yes and sometimes no......But our owner and GM aren't going on their 4th city in the past 11 seasons with attendance numbers that Macon can only dream of but probably never achieve.....I'd rather take some losses and have our players lose a fight but be happy that our franchise is stable and never on the verge of moving elsewhere.
    6 points
  35. I swear you have nothing better to do than to look at all posts on this forum and point out typos, spelling, etc.... I love correct spelling and good grammar as much as anybody but pointing it out every chance you get is getting old and not necessary. Let's talk hockey since this is a hockey forum.
    6 points
  36. On behalf of all the hockey fans in Roanoke, we are absolutely ecstatic to be joining the SPHL. Today during the press conference, there were a number of complementary comments made about the league and we are proud to (soon) be a part of it. Looking forward to future road trips and getting to know some of the posters on this board.
    6 points
  37. Huntsville gets the 3rd overall pick; Somehow Edmonton drew the #2 overall pick; Macon on top with the 1st pick.
    6 points
  38. 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.
    6 points
  39. 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."
    6 points
  40. 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
    6 points
  41. 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 a
    6 points
  42. 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.
    6 points
  43. 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>
    6 points
  44. Fred, Otis, CCM0329, and anyone else on this forum who has made comments that they have no clue about! I have read your posts and I could not sit back and listen to your remarks any longer with out standing up and saying whats right. I get it this season has been a tough one. I have been a Havoc season ticket holder since day one. 2 seasons out of the 11 have been tough years. Do you think the coach, the players, the management, or any body else wants to lose? I think it says a lot about the loyal fan base that the Havoc has that they are 3rd in attendance. I have gotten to know Keith
    6 points
  45. 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
    6 points
  46. Looks to me like it ain't the girl doing the whinning....
    6 points
  47. 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....
    6 points
  48. 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.
    6 points
  49. 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 t
    6 points
  50. If you put as much effort and energy into posting what is good and right about this team instead of constantly nitpicking and looking for something to complain about this forum would be full. There are a lot of positives with this team and what Derek has done this year.
    6 points

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