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SPHL President reacts to new Quad City team

By Jay Kidwell - OurQuadCities.com

That last bit seems to work against this:

 

How about Quakers? (Credit to a certain Bulls fan on FB).

Ouch,this stings a bit.Its gonna be tough to bring in someone as good as Coach Kerr,maybe Leo Thomas will be our new coach.

I don't think they are coming this year, do like Roanoke did and have a year to get in the community and build their brand. Looks like from reading the article the team won't be called the "Mallards". While I was at 1st disappointed we had to wait a year before we started playing, looking back it was the right decision.
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Probably before May 15th......That's the deadline for any expansion teams (eyes on Quad City) to join the SPHL for next season.

Justin's a guy with a proven ability to score in both the ECHL and SPHL, so hearing about this is no surprise. He played 42 games over the past 2 seasons with the Thunderbolts and had 21g, 27a. During his two year stint with the Evansville Icemen he notched 33 points in 55 games.

I wonder if they'll let roller derby stars play?

Havoc celebrates championship with parade around Big Spring Park

By Chase Horn - WHNT Ch. 19 News

The above article was taken from the team web site.  I enjoy these types of articles even when it's about the other guys.

April 15, 2018: Charlie Finn recorded his first career professional shutout in the team’s 8-0 victory. Finn stopped all 40 shots he faced in the series-clinching victory, which is the Mayhem’s first playoff shutout in team history.



Just a small bit of editing needed.  It was actually the 2nd playoff shut out in team history as Jordan Ruby stopped 37 Columbus shots in a 1-0 Macon win in Game 2 of last year's first round to even the series at 1 game a piece.  Macon won game 3 of the series and went on to win the Cup.

Patrick Stack is gone from the Marksmen front office also ... like Longo , a faculty member at Johnson and Wales University ....anyone have a clue as to what is happening with the organization ? Now is the time for a coach to recruit and a president to get going with the corporate sponsors and no one is in place to handle the work .........

Ticket lowdown from Mr. E ...

 

I don't know about 7, but I don't see why 5 games isn't doable. Has anyone done the math on how much more 2-3 extra games is for an SPHL team?

This is going to sound crazy but there's an understanding with minor league/semi-pro sports that there will be some gimmicky stuff...why not lean into it? There aren't large sponsorship deals or TV right deals for the league to make money...it all comes from revenue from attendance. Why not make that an aspect of the game itself? Three games of a playoff series is considered "beer league" or gimmicky. The Challenge Round is considered gimmicky. Why not give points for attendance? It could provide franchises an opportunity to rally local fans/booster clubs to support attendance marketing pushes. Think about it, what if the top three teams are separated by only 1 or 2 points between the three of them with a certain number of points on the line for top attendance at the end of it. The last week of home games could include local pushes to actually help the teams (that whole 7th man thing in action). Yes, it's a big gimmick, but the league is already considered gimmicky by outsiders as well as some in local markets. I say lean into it and get creative to make the league more profitable. If revenues go up, we could have more playoff games or we could have more teams as investors may be more willing to take a chance on a more profitable league.
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And the Best of Three schedule.  Plenty of time for the fans to limber up ...        
 

Follow the bouncing puck ...

I completed it.  One of my suggestions was after they win that they interview the #1 star on the ice like they use to here in Roanoke.  I also see other teams in the league currently do this. Some even do it in between periods. It's a nice way for casual fans to get to know the players a little better who never get to talk or interact with them.
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Series preview
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This arena is the perfect SPHL arena IMO. I love it and when the place starts rocking it keeps rocking. When it is expanded I would love to see it average 4,000

From: The Peoria (IL) Journal Star > Sports

 

Live streamed broadcast:
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Brandon Reinholtz (#7) and Nathan Chasteen (#19) make their debut on ATO's tonight.
Chasteen grew up paying hockey in Peoria.

You'll see several vets sitting this one out.

Greg, I couldn't agree more with everyone you just said.

This is a very special team and I am still amazed at the turnaround with the coaching change. A week or so after the coaching change, I asked one of the players if they had ever played against Coach Bremner and his response was "yep, and I hated him. But as a coach, I love the guy."  I think that sums it up. They really do like and respect him and seem to be willing to run through a wall for him.  What a transformation.

Now it's a brand new season and it's 0-0.  Although we may not have home ice advantage for the playoffs, we are 12-11-3 on the road this year so we have shown can win anywhere. I think we'll be a tough out for whoever picks us.  The selection party next Sunday night should be fun!

Let's Go Dawgs!!!
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That’s cool, nice work. 

What makes that even more impressive is the number of former FHL players that are on the team and how Bremner really didn't have much to work with in regards to adding new players into his system.

Man, now all the call ups make sense. I kind of like having two seperate leagues but maybe this will improve some things?

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