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About Roanokehockey
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    Roanoke, VA
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    Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs
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  1. I like the move. Jeke never reported so the Dawg didn't give up anything. And since Sam played with Sova in the ECHL, he should have a very good feeling about his capabilities. Two months and one day 'til the puck drops!
  2. DAWGS ACQUIRE DEFENSEMAN JOE SOVA FROM FAYETTEVILLE ROANOKE, VA – The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs announced on Friday that they have acquired defenseman Joe Sova from the Fayetteville Marksmen in exchange for the rights to defenseman Travis Jeke. Sova was picked up by the Marksmen in a trade with the Mississippi RiverKings on August 11. He spent the majority of the 2016-17 season with Mississippi, appearing in 49 games for the RiverKings as well as seven for the Peoria Rivermen. The 29-year-old blueliner totaled seven goals and 23 assists over his 56 games between the two teams. A veteran of seven professional seasons, Sova appeared in the SPHL for the first time in 2016-17. He made his pro debut with the AHL Albany Devils in 2011 after completing his college career at University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Sova played in the AHL and ECHL from 2011-16 and was a teammate of Rail Yard Dawgs head coach Sam Ftorek for parts of three seasons with the ECHL Kalamazoo Wings. Roanoke acquired Jeke’s rights in a trade with the Knoxville Ice Bears in February but the defenseman never suited up with the Rail Yard Dawgs. He appeared in 14 games for Knoxville, totaling one goal and five assists. Jeke also played for four ECHL teams in 2016-17 and did not record a point in his 16 games with the Toledo Walleye, Reading Royals, Elmira Jackals and Adirondack Thunder. http://railyarddawgs.pointstreaksites.com/view/roanokerailyarddawgs/news-1147/news_491943
  3. Tye was injured most of last year, but worked hard to rehab and return for the end of the season and the playoffs, where he was ON FIRE! Hopefully that will carry over into this season.
  4. Jeremy Beirnes

    Coach Ftorek said it best.... “We loved what Jeremy brought to the team last season,” Rail Yard Dawgs head coach Sam Ftorek said. “While we of course wish him the best with his opportunity in Wheeling, we’re thrilled to know that if he plays in the SPHL it will be here.” For Jeremy's sake, I hope he sticks in Wheeling, but if that doesn't work out, I would LOVE too have him back in Roanoke this year.
  5. Brock McGinn, one of the owners of the Dawgs, signed a new 2 year contract with the Canes. It will pay him $875k this season and $900k next season. Congrats, Brock. http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/nhl/carolina-hurricanes/article158702454.html
  6. Absolutely agree. Even the local FOX station did a story on the hockey camp. Things like this and the Parents weekend they did during the season should help to really grow Roanoke's hockey reputation.
  7. The NBC affiliate also did a nice story on the hockey camp. Good stuff. https://www.wsls.com/sports/hockey/rail-yard-dawgs/rail-yard-dawgs-host-summer-hockey-school
  8. Jamie, Tye, and Brock McGinn, the majority owners of the Rail Yard Dawgs, held their second annual youth hockey camp in Roanoke this week with over 120 youngsters participating. All 3 are on NHL contracts - Jamie with Arizona, Brock with Carolina, and Tye with Tampa Bay. It was amazing to watch them interact with the youth players - very humble young men. For the 120 kids that participated, it had to be the experience of a lifetime to get to skate with, and receive instruction from 3 NHL players. Roanoke is fortunate to have these guys. http://www.wdbj7.com/content/sports/Rail-Yard-Dawgs-Hold-Summer-Hockey-School-430472903.html
  9. Scott Darling says goodbye to Chicago

    What a fantastic letter. I am now a fan of his for life.
  10. At first glance, some interesting observations: Eight of the first nine games are at home. During the year, there are seven 3 games in 3 days stretches, which is always tough. The Dawgs and the Marksmen will get to know each other really well - 13 games between the two teams, while the Dawgs only play 3 games each with Evansville and Birmingham. HOME AWAY Fayetteville 7 6 Knoxville 5 5 Huntsville 2 2 Macon 3 4 Evansville 2 1 Pensacola 2 2 Peoria 2 3 Birmingham 2 1 Mississippi 3 4 Let's Go Dawgs. http://railyarddawgs.pointstreaksites.com/view/roanokerailyarddawgs/news-1147/news_486836
  11. Protected list?

    It was released this afternoon. http://railyarddawgs.pointstreaksites.com/view/roanokerailyarddawgs/news-1147/news_485957
  12. A total of 23 Friday-Saturday dates along with Thanksgiving night. Thanksgiving night used to be HUGE for the Express. Hope the same holds true for the Dawgs. http://railyarddawgs.pointstreaksites.com/view/roanokerailyarddawgs/news-1147/news_485874
  13. We are Marksmen Video

    Ouch. That may have been true in the past, but I've been really impressed with the new owners. They seem to have a good connection with the Fayetteville community and their resumes are certainly impressive. In listening to the press conference, they seem "to get it." I expect to see a huge improvement in Fayetteville's attendance in the future. I'm certainly pulling for them - we need every team in the league to be financially strong.
  14. Even though they may be our rivals, I will admit that this video game me chills. Very, very well done, Fayetteville.
  15. Very, very impressed with the new owners and leadership. They seem to "get it" and I think they will do a great job of getting butts in seats and creating excitement in Fayetteville. Great job with the press conference.
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