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Everything posted by Aceface905

  1. The biggest issue IMO is that half the league is owned by Barry Soskin, and my understanding is he's persona non grata in the SPHL (and probably most other reputable hockey leagues lol). Winston-Salem is probably his first genuine success since he set up shop in Toledo at the dawn of the ECHL, but a lot of that is down to a front office that actually knows what the hell they're doing.
  2. All is well--for now anyway: http://www.wwnytv.com/story/39026678/wolves-to-call-watertown-arena-home-for-another-year
  3. I thought part of the equation with the RiverKings was the Landers Center having gotten the G-League in last year. The FHL has been sniffing around the more marginal markets ever since they put a team in Winston-Salem and found someone competent to run it. They were looking at Asheville but couldn't get enough weekend dates to make it work this year.
  4. From my understanding the FHL's overtures toward Asheville were aimed at the Western NC Agriculture Expo Center, not the Asheville Civic Center, using a temporary rink, but they weren't able to get enough weekend dates to do anything with.
  5. So a couple expansion threads from now, barring an ECHL relocation superseding it...
  6. Speaking of new arenas and feasibility studies did anyone ever see this? Savannah, GA’s consideration of a new arena, with permanent ice and very likely a full-time hockey team included... was there any progress on this?
  7. Would a new arena have ice though?
  8. I was always under the impression that the building was the biggest sticking point for getting another team back in Greensboro.
  9. It's very much in that classic ECHL group as a market. For their historical support levels--and especially market size--they deserve a team, and it's sad/ridiculous that they don't.
  10. I did one create-a-team and got so exhausted by the process I didn't even make it through the expansion draft. Nice work!
  11. The Rebels are notable for A—actually having a Turner Cup on their mantle, in 1959; and B—being the direct successor to my old hometown’s older team, the Huntington Hornets (1956-57).
  12. I must be old as hell. Louisville has had several teams over the years. It’s been almost 20 years since their last one though—their owner salted the earth to such an extent that nobody’s made a real effort to bring a team back, and I don’t think the State Fair complex even has an ice plant these days.
  13. A tiered setup would be interesting. But aren't the salary caps in the FHL and SPHL still pretty close to each other? This would be something where the two sides would have to sit down together, open their books up, and figure out how best to mesh things up.
  14. I’m still trying to figure out how the hell Winston-Salem happened, given the rank ineptitude of the rest of the league
  15. A co-op ownership setup would be a neat idea--certainly a better idea than what the CHL actually was in the 2000s.
  16. It had AA/AAA minor league players in it, playing in the ice hockey off-season. I'm excited to see this!
  17. The tricky bit is that they ONLY do overtime if they’re tied after both games. That being said: Peoria would still beat Roanoke, 7-3 Knoxville would still beat Pensacola, 9-5 Macon would beat Evansville 7-3 BUT Mississippi would have beaten Huntsville 7-4. This is the downside to going by aggregate score—if you win one game by buckets, you’ve basically got it in the bag. Even including the OT goals wouldn’t swing things in either direction in those two series.
  18. If they're gonna go that far, our showboating zillionaire governor would love to have a hockey team at the Greenbrier I'm sure
  19. Yeah, credit to Scott Brand for having standards in this case. We both think it’d be a fine market if there was a building big enough to do anything with. Related: the post he made on the FB fan group (which does confirm the dates at least) said his next trip would be ~2.5 hours away—roughly the distance between W-S and Asheville. If a temporary rink is involved, that could be a feasible option... I never asked beyond my own state boundaries though. Yet.
  20. While a sellout would put them right in the FHL’s attendance wheelhouse, South Charleston’s SRO capacity is in the neighborhood of 800-900 fans, with actual bleacher seating for only 500.
  21. Just checked in with Scott Brand (Carolina’s GM) and he is NOT going to West Virginia. South Charleston is too small, Huntington is too disinterested, and there’s no other building big enough to put a temporary rink into.
  22. VERY interesting. Barring the unlikely situation where the city of Huntington is actually going to pour a substantial amount of money to fix the ice surface in the Arena there, the likeliest situation would be South Charleston Memorial Ice Arena--a very nice building, but with the kind of minimal seating situation that doesn't seem to faze the FHL (500 bleachers, about 800-900 SRO, which they've had for college matchups on occasion).
  23. Honestly I've pondered whether the SPHL should adopt a Euro-style aggregate score format if they're only gonna do best 2 of 3 for all their series ¯\_(ツ)_/¯