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TwistedBrass last won the day on January 8

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  1. Quite possibly the effect is stronger in the opposite direction. Kids go to a few local college and pro games and announce to their parents that they want to play hockey, too. The teams, scenting an opportunity, lend their names, logos, and possibly some cash to local rink programs. That leads to things like Junior Chargers, Junior Havoc, and Junior Ice Bears, along with summer camps and clinics coached by favorite team players. A strong SPHL team can foster a strong local youth hockey program, which can turn around and help push up local attendance. After all, the kids like to hang out with their tribes at the games. But while youth hockey promotes a core group of fans and gives the teams an attendance bump, I doubt it's a dominant factor in the markets.
  2. My understanding is he "retired" after he successfully completed his course of treatment at St. Jude Children's Hospital. I've seen his parents at the Iceplex a few times, so I know he's skating -- just on a 12U roster, not with the Havoc.
  3. Metal credit cards are increasingly common. They offer increased durability over plastic, but at the cost of a hassle at the airport -- or the arena.
  4. Gatorade water bottles. Official protest tool of the SPHL.
  5. Rule 40.4 actually reads "shall be suspended for not less than three (3) games." Did anyone actually see what happened? Was it more minor or incidental contact that they chose to let him off with only one game?
  6. Fun write-up by Wysh about hockey in Alabama. Southern-fried hockey: How Alabama has made the sport its own [ESPN]
  7. Wish I could say Nic Dowd. But that's just "local boy makes good" -- he didn't play for UAH.
  8. Well, there's Cam Talbot, the starting goalie for the Edmonton Oilers.
  9. The college players keep their elbows down and that's a turn-off for many of the fans I've met. If it's a choice between technically skilled play and old-time hockey . . . well, I guess the attendance numbers may tell us something. But I'd argue that a bigger factor is simply that I find the UAH event a bit dull. The Chargers are selling a hockey game (and a good one). The Havoc are selling a hockey game (sometimes a sloppy one) and a flashy game-day experience. Do I take my family to an award-winning art house flick or to a poorly-plotted Avengers movie? The latter, I think -- and I'll watch the other movie when it hits Netflix next year.
  10. Not entirely. Huntsville was completing a 3-in-3. Thursday night was a road game with all too little sleep on the bus home from Pensacola. By Saturday afternoon it caught up with them.
  11. ...not alone. The Gray Wolves, a senior hockey club, have found a frozen fountain of youth [ESPN]
  12. It was a fun game to watch. I'd like to see Milosek get more starts at home. Sadly, the Pelham arena doesn't offer the same kind of energy that the VBC does. They suffer having a crowded lobby instead of a large concourse for meeting and hanging out, and their concessions setup feels like a work in progress. Still, if the Bulls keep playing big this season they could reap the reward of more STH next season.
  13. I'm not sure why that list includes a hockey capacity number for the Celebration Arena in Priceville (Decatur). So far as I'm aware, the facility doesn't have an ice plant. Decatur's functional ice rink is at Point Mallard Park with a seating capacity of perhaps a couple hundred on bleachers. Decatur was unable to support their NA3HL team, the Point Mallard Ducks, so the thought of anything larger isn't practical even before you reach the issue of being inside the same MSA as Huntsville. If you're going to look west toward the Shoals, you're better off driving past a couple more hours to Southaven where there's more disposable income. But we all know how that turned out.
  14. TwistedBrass

    I might

    When you buy one of the charity jerseys at the Havoc auctions -- whether for St. Jude, World of Work, Still Serving Veterans, the Huntsville Hospital NICU, or something else -- your actual transaction is typically with the Light the Lamp Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of the Havoc. They provide the receipt for the tax deduction (with the "value of goods received" included on it), then aggregate and pass along all the auction proceeds to the final charity. It simplifies payments by credit card. If you want to give to the Salvation Army, skip the VBC beer vendors and drop some money into the kettle instead.
  15. Poinstreak calculates the sum and average of the Announced Attendance numbers for each team to display on the League Attendance page.