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Branding will make this team real.  It will give Quad Cities hockey fans - dedicated AND casual - an anchor point for their emotions.  It will allow the organization to actually promote a product rather than a promise. GAME ON! 

Can't say that I noticed any of those issues ( as a Roanoke fan I couldn't spell, or pick half of your team out of a line up and definitely wouldn't know where they came from prior to coming to Fayetteville). So maybe I should rephrase my statement to say I think Ben's in game twitter feed was the most entertaining in the league. I can honestly say that I almost always checked in on game nights to read his tweets, and Fayetteville is the only team (asside from Roanoke of course) that I did that for.
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Coach Carr signs 3-year extension

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New Quad Cities' hockey franchise hires head coach



I have a question: Is this it for QC as far as guaranteed players and then the rest of their roster will be made up of free agent signings, or is there a dispersal draft for those former Mississippi players?

Having been a team doc since 1997, starting with the Channel Cats, then the Tornado, then the Channel Cats again, and now the Havoc, let me shed some light on this. The CHL CC's folded and didn't have a team in 2001 (I guess fortunately for me since I was called up by the Air Force Reserves after 9/11 and was not able to be in Huntsville that season). John Cherney bought the franchise and renamed it the Tornado for the 2002-3 season. That name didn't stick well with Huntsville/Madison County residents as the area had (and has) been hit hard with tornadoes, so the CC name was revived for the 2003-4 season. When Keith Jeffries bought the franchise from Mr Cherney, the CC name was not allowed to continue. In fact, even banners of CC championships and retired numbers of CC players were removed from the VBC. I don't know all the politics of "The Columbus folks weren't comfortable with thew Channel Cats owner running the show. so they did a bit of a coupe, along with Knoxville, Fayetteville, and some of the WHA-2 franchises..." so I won't comment on that statement. Doc
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Former Rivermen Ryan Reaves (now with the Vegas Golden Knights) & Lars Eller (Washington Capitals) are facing each other in the Stanley Cup Finals ... https://twitter.com/Peoria_Rivermen/status/999675380381421569

Greg wanted Rod to stay on for this past season but he was still under contract to Edmonton and they wanted him doing something, anything for them so he was scouting again. I think there was a brief negotiation after 2016-17 but Edmonton may have been asking for too much.

Wow! So now Pensacola, Fayetteville, and Quad City are all in the hunt for new head coaches. Seems like a good coach has some options!

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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