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Any USA Network web media outlet is going to favor regional & national content over local news/sports just for efficiency and for centralizing their news staff.  This is an increasingly common trend among small to medium sized news markets, as local newspapers face increased competition from 3rd-party social media sources and pressure to downsize "non-essential functions."  Even where SPHL hockey is the only pro sport in town or in the vicinity, amateur sports news will regularly dominate the paper & web content based on sheer volume and tradition.

More directly to your question: The Macon Telegraph's Mayhem content is spotty at best.  Ditto the Birmingham News/Huntsville Times coverage of the Bulls & Havoc on their shared AL.com website, whose sports content is dominated by football this time of year (go figger).  The Fayetteville Observer website seems to keep up with Marksmen game reports & the occasional player transaction news.  The DeSoto Times-Tribune web outlet does a decent job of updating readers on RiverKings activities, between all the high school basketball news that pretty much overwhelms their winter sports content.  The SPHL town newspaper outlets that have consistent on-line team coverage (during the SPHL season, anyway) are the Pensacola News Journal, the Peoria Journal Star and the Roanoke Times.  The latter has an RYD link in their Sports pull-down menu, indicating current relative importance within the local sports scene.
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This is GREAT news.  It gives the Dawgs somewhere to practice when they lose ice at the Berglund Center, plus it provides huge growth opportunity for youth hockey.

My understanding is there is limited seating in the new building, but the fact that there's a second sheet of ice is HUGE!!!!

A Big Ole' Dawg Bone for the folks who made this happen!
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@robard: I'm sending your plea to the SPHL Forums Twitter page for wider audience participation.  Good luck - and next time, measure your wife while she's standing up. 

You may have some relief tonight.  We are both carrying in losing streaks.  We are usually the cure for teams losing streaks.  If it wasnt for us Fayetteville would almost stay on a permanent losing streak.  We also released goalie Ryan de Melo.  He is pretty good if he will stay in his net.

204 is the most popular section to sit in. But I wouldnt go off of online to buy tickets. I would want call or buy there. But it is a small arena and there isnt a bad seat in the house. You can sit almost anywhere and they should be able to see you.

And now he's head coach of the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs.

Sphl getting a little too strict i believe and never consistent.  I agree with the 6 games would have been enough without the supplementary discipline.  But what did Carr get suspended for?  Is this another discipline for something your player did or am I missing something?  If it is how come Trudel didnt get suspended, fined, or anything when scott trask got suspended for leaving his bench for a fight?  Why was Trudel fined?  He get fined for his goaltender leaving his crease to fight but nothing happened to Phaneuf?  I really wish they would explain these fines and suspensions more.

Hi Nucksy

I have Edmonton Oiler pocket scheds for you if you want.

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If this indeed is for real, it would be a major boost to local hockey.  Have needed a second sheet of ice since the Ice Station closed. 

http://www.roanoke.com/sports/roanoke_rail_yard_dawgs/struggling-rail-yard-dawgs-make-coaching-change/article_ac23f7a6-ff54-58f1-ba60-f9a1f3f77da1.html

Just do not sit in section 108, that is not a kind section to opponents if you know what I mean

Well, the first thing people need to remember, minor league hockey is still first and foremost a business. When operating costs increase, so do prices. Right now, the ECHL average operating cost is around $3 million.

The SPHL is around $1.2 million. At that time, the ECHL was expanding more and more towards the midwest and west, so travel costs were increasing exponentially. You cannot travel from Roanoke, VA to somewhere like California by bus, unless you had no games in between.

It's difficult at times to figure a solid median for ticket pricing, as there are multiple variables at work. It could be issues to determine whether to lower prices during weekday games where attendance is the lowest, including over holidays and when other sporting events are in direct competition to hockey season.

Once attendance starts to see a substantial decrease from prior years, then ticket prices are usually increased to offset as much of the lost revenue as possible. 
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I think it's a matter of learning to play with new teammates and gaining confidence. They sure as heck looked a lot better last night than I've

seen them this year. They were a tired bunch last night after late travel, tonight they'll be rested. Can't wait. 

Maybe Mazzolini was not the problem ............

 
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The decision is left up to the coach on how to play but losing isn't. After this weekend some conversations need to be had about our plans to get out of this mess. No issues with losing games and I have no problems with coach sticking with a philosophy  (not sure I see it exactly anyway) but at this point you just need to win. We don't get points for losing playing fast flowing hockey, but you do for winning ugly (I'll take that please). Fans won't really care if they see the players giving everything they have and losing but nobody can tolerate giving up so many shots per game and not fighting back that's disrespectful. Nothing about this can't be fixed and I have no doubt it will get resolved but it needs to be sooner rather than later.
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Great story. 

I'd like to see Fayetteville do something like this.  I did send an e-mail to the Dir of Comm. Garrod to see if they could include player bio's on the web site. We'll see.

Have they finished everything with the arena?  Maybe that.  Dont think they usually announce for fans to watch about some bad news like firing a coach.  Maybe they signed a player everyone will be excited over.  Im just throwing things out there have no clue.  Only thing i know for certain is it was scheduled before the booster party this weekend and Art Clarkson told everyone about it.  Got that from facebook comments.  

I'm very disappointed with our attendance so far in Fayetteville.  I thought with the new front office and increased marketing that we'd be a lot higher at this point.  I know we traditionally draw much better after the holiday season but maybe it has a little to do with having a miserable team so far.  We're ahead of where we were last year so I guess improvement is still improvement so something is better than nothing.  Hopefully we get the numbers back up both in the W column and seats filled.
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Nice summary of the situation by McFarling.  

Of particular interest is this section:

The Thanksgiving loss was particularly grating because it occurred on home ice.

“Thursday was a horrible effort,” Ftorek said. “I don’t know if the guys’ heads weren’t in it because it was Thanksgiving, I don’t know if they were watching football, I’m not sure, but we came out flat. It was miserable.

“It was one of those ones where you can’t play like that. As a professional, you get paid to perform. If you don’t do your job, there’s not 4,000 people watching you do it miserably. As a professional athlete, that’s what we’re up against, and we’ve [got] to realize that. We’ve got to take pride in the fact that people come out to watch us perform at our best.

“No one was happy with the effort. Players, ownership, management, myself — it just wasn’t what we expect from what we’ve decided we need to do. We addressed it. We showed video from it, showing what not to do.”

It will be interesting to see what happens tonight in Mississippi

I wish 

Are there other NHL owners or former NHL players as owners in the league?

Wow.


Coach Phil Esposito (not related to the Hall of Famers Phil and Tony Esposito) behind the Whalers' bench.

Coaching





Season


Team


Lge


Type


GP


W


L


T


OTL


Pct


Result





2008-09


Hudson Valley Bears


EPHL


Player-Head‡


 


 


 


 


 


 


Out of Playoffs




2010-11


Danbury Whalers


FHL


Assistant


 


 


 


 


 


 


 




2011-12


Danbury Whalers


FHL


Head


51


30


20


0


1


0.598


Lost in Finals




2012-13


Danbury Whalers


FHL


Head


51


28


17


0


6


0.608


Won Championship




2013-14


Danbury Whalers


FHL


Head


56


37


11


0


8


0.732


Lost in Finals




2014-15


Danbury Whalers


FHL


Head


54


27


21


0


6


0.556


Lost in round 1




2015-16


Danbury Titans


FHL


Head


57


39


14


0


4


0.719


Lost in Finals




2016-17


Watertown Wolves


FHL


Head


56


29


23


0


4


0.554


Lost in round 1





‡ Midseason replacement

 

 

Odd time of year for a revamped web page to be launched, but the new one is much more attractive than the previous layout. 

The post above hits the nail on the head. Methinks Jamey may be in a little over his head too. Art may have hired the wrong former Bull when there was one available with a much more substantial coaching resume. 

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