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About Roanokehockey
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    Roanoke, VA
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  1. Roster Moves

    Looks like he'll play tonight: Roanoke 02/23/18 ADD Schneider, Nick (D) returned from loan to ECHL Wheeling
  2. Roster Moves

    Hopefully, he'll be joining the Dawgs in Mississippi. AND, he got an assist in the one game he played, so he averaged a point a game while in the ECHL this year..
  3. Dawgs Talk Blog

    That’s good stuff.
  4. Roster Moves

    I know it's the FHL, but 99 points in 50 games over two seasons sounds pretty good.
  5. Olympic Women's Gold Medal game

    I have no idea why they would say Canada won. The USA controlled most of overtime, but couldn't find the back of the net and then took a penalty with about a minute and a half to go. I was literally holding my breath on that one. Canada did take the lead during the shootout so maybe the reporter didn't understand that the shootout was best of 5 (the shootout actually went to six rounds)
  6. Coach Phil Esposito Fired

    Absolutely true. Dan's prior coaching experience was as an assistant coach of a club level team at Ohio University - that's all. Some Roanoke fans thought it was a crazy hire and I could see why looking at the resume. BUT, so far it has turned out to be pretty darn good.
  7. Coach Phil Esposito Fired

    Wow. Tough situation whenever you have to make in-season changes - especially two of them. I hope it works out for the Marksmen - lots of good people there and give the owners credit for trying to right the ship. Hope it works out.
  8. Message From the Prez

    Brilliant minds, Greg......
  9. New message to Dawgs fans from Team President Bob McGinn. Well it's been a while and there is a lot to talk about so let's get right at it. As I write this message, we are riding a seven-game winning streak and knocking at the door of seventh place in the SPHL. The atmosphere this past weekend simply was electric. It was an absolutely perfect time to have our second-annual Parents Weekend. We welcomed Moms and Dads from Canada, California, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and New England to the Star City to cheer on their sons. The best Booster Club in the business prepared an incredible dinner for the players and their families. The parents sat beside their sons in the dressing room for the mornings of the home games as Coach Bremner went through game preparation and video review. I'm not sure who had more fun, the parents or their sons! Capping off the two-game homestand with four points was icing on the cake. And if you’re wondering, yes the parents took all the credit. On a side note, I've never seen a specialty jersey go for over $2000. Until this weekend when Eric Witzel’s Military jersey did just that. Just more money we can donate to such a worthy cause, a portion of proceeds was donated to local military family support centers. Once again, Dawgs fans continue to prove they are the best in the league! Up up and away! Our attendance numbers are up on average a few hundred per game versus last year, and season ticket sales for next season are tracking higher as well. We’re thrilled about the level of excitement among the fan base and are off to a great start for next season already. Thank you, Dawgs fans. Something else that I am particularly proud of is the growth of youth hockey in the community. Since professional hockey returned to the Roanoke Valley, our youth programs have increased 25-30%. The one down side of this is that it has made it next to impossible to have enough ice available for all our future Dawgs. Luckily, a solution to this issue is already in the works. We have joined a great group of local families that have formed a group called Penalty Box Partners. This group has purchased the Lancerlot in Vinton and has set the plan in motion to have a second sheet of ice down and functional in that building by the fall. It’s important to note that this endeavor is 100% privately owned and operated, no tax payer money is needed. And once the facility is renovated and the ice construction is complete, our community will be able to support more hockey players and figure skaters as well as hold public skates and host tournaments to help our local patrons. A big shout out to Berglund Center and their GM Robyn Schon for donating their old hockey boards and glass to help us save some capital cost. Very much appreciated! I am so proud of our organization as we continue to give back to various charities and nonprofit organizations. So far this season we have donated $25,000, pushing our total to $70,000 since we began playing hockey here in the Roanoke Valley. This of course does not include our financial commitment for a second ice pad at Lancerlot in Vinton. It is not a bottomless pit of money that we’re pulling from, believe me. But we feel it is very important to do our part for the community and plan to continue to do so. Finally, mark your calendars for a special event at end of the regular season on April 8. Much more info to follow but we’ve got something fun and exciting planned! It’s a great time to be a Dawgs fan! The train is rolling! This is our City, the Star City! Bob McGinn Message From the Prez
  10. Roster Moves

    Good find. Since Vandergunst has only played in 15 games for Norfolk, maybe he's tired of not playing and is seeking other opportunities.
  11. Roster Moves

    I'm fairly certain that team suspension means that he's essentially still on the team, but isn't getting paid and can't play for anyone else.
  12. Roster Moves

    Good for him. He deserves a shot!
  13. Here is video of the 5 Roanoke goals. . Roanoke Goals
  14. Tough deal for ticket sales. Trading a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to two Tuesdays and a Wednesday. Hope the arena cuts you a break on rent. They certainly should.
  15. Won’t be back to Roanoke until tomorrow night but I will get that for you. Do you remember the approximate time it happened?
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