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About Draken51

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  • Birthday 06/28/1952

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    Kingman, Ks
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    Following our favorite former Wichita Thunder player Matt Summers. Watching my grandson play on the Wichita, Ks squirt hockey travel team. If it involves hockey I'm interested!
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    Peoria Rivermen

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  1. Happy Birthday Draken51!

  2. Happy Birthday Draken51!

  3. Draken51

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    I live in Wichita and have followed the Rivermen faithfully since the CHL folded and my favorite player ended up in Peoria. The ECHL is very expensive and many teams are struggling including our team here. I am very impressed with the working model that the SPHL has and it seems to be working well. I have seen many games and with 2 or 3 game series against the same team on a week end, the games are high energy, action packed, and just plain fun to watch. The hockey I see in the SPHL is actually more entertaining than what we have here in the ECHL and would actually rather watch one of Peoria's games than one of ours. I have been a long time STH here and I have even had some of my fellow long term STH say that they really enjoy watching SPHL hockey and would like to see us join the league. I think what you have in the SPHL is a business plan that allows teams to stay afloat at the same time putting a very entertaining brand of hockey out there to be seen. I would be hesitant to make too many changes and I think that the SPHL is headed for a big jump in expansion teams if left alone. Don't fix it if it ain't broke!!
  4. With the return of nearly every key core player and the addition of several good prospects, plus add in the fact that most of the team has played together a year now and this team has to be an early favorite to repeat. Fans in Peoria should be very excited to get the season started!
  5. Happy Birthday Draken51!

  6. The motivation for any team is to hoist the cup. The 2nd round bye is definitely a plus, but the motivation is to win! That's what every team starts out each season to accomplish. Just very sad that what you accomplish during the regular season isn't worth as much in the SPHL as it is in other pro leagues and could be fixed easily by going to a best of 5.
  7. Amen to that. Being from Wichita we have had a ring side seat to all of this. It is a real love-hate relationship here. The above mentioned ownership probably saved the Thunder from going belly up, but then decided they could take over the entire league which basically threw the CHl into disarray. The move to buy Tulsa and Allen was done in an effort to save the league, it now serves no purpose in the ECHL. It would be in the best interest for the Thunder to have a single group owner that is focused on making them an elite team instead of having ownership that has to take care of 3 teams. Like I said......love/hate!!
  8. I doubt the players, coaches, and owners would agree that the regular season is for entertainment and that the regular season banner is sufficient. Players and coaches want the cup and the ring that accompanies it. All the blood and sweat they give thru out the regular seson is for one reason, to win the cup. Just think that the regular season should count for someting in the playoffs. If they want to keep scheduling like this, go to a best of 5 series....problem solved
  9. I really hope the SPHL is as sucessful as the CHL was. It had 24 great years. There is a very real need for a pro entry level league and the SPHL fits that bill perfectly and I hope its grows their team base to cover more area which will help with costs. The CHl got caught up in the move to have a 30-30-30 alignment. Really hated to see it go. Yes money is a major concern to any team and league. But make the regualr season count when playoff time comes.
  10. Not from Peoria and have actually never seen a SPHL game live. Like I said, started following some of our guys who were booted out by the ECHL merger. Didn't think making a valid statement based on how the sphl runs thier playoffs compared to the other pro leagues would change anything. Bottom line..the SPHL playoff system is such that the regualr season means nothing come play off time to their teams and fans, unlike other pro hockey leagues. I have been a STH for many pro seasons in the CHL and now the ECHL. I would have to think long and hard about being a STH in the SPHL since the league is not interested in insuring that the long regular season serves a purpose. Plain and simple...........the SPHL playoffs are a joke!
  11. In the CHL we had that issue also (and will have it this year in the ECHL) but instead of taking away home ice advantage, they would allow 10-12 days for each round of a series to be completed to avoid this issue. Also if needed, the team with the HIA might open game 1 on the road, but would come home for games 2-3 in a 5 or 7 games serires. This still gives them HIA. Playing game 1on the road in a 3 game sereis with HIA negates everything the regular season stands for. SPHL needs to go to a best of 5 series if they are going to schedule like they do.
  12. I have only really followed the SPHL closely beginning this season as the CHL failure moved our hardest working and fan favorite player to your league due to reduction in vet rules in the ECHL. My observation of theSPHL playoff format is that it is a joke. If you are going to have a short best of 3 series, then the team with the home ice advantage MUST open at home. In this short of a series, whomever wins game one is in control. WHy play all season to get home ice advantage and then be forced to play game one on the road, and then come home for games 2 and 3? This negates any home ice advantge due to the importance of game 1. Travel should not be a factor. You bust your butt all season to earn the ice advantage and game 1 should always start in the rink of the team with the best record. That is the only way the regular season counts for anything other than getting the 2nd round bye. You might as well determine each series by location and closest distance to travel, then throw the team names in a hat and draw out who gets game 1. This would work out just as well!!!
  13. Peoria fans should be excited about this team. Having back a healthy Summers and Morra and the way that line preformed tonight is the start of great things to come. Add in Hurtler and Levine and this team should make a strong run post season. Rank and Levine is the best goalie tandem in the league and once Hurtler is inserted and the guys get a little time together this team will be very solid. Can't wait to come and see this team in person.
  14. Matt Summers was activated today from IR and will really help this team. This is a big plus for the Rivermen to have back a point a game forward. Also see where Levine was waived by Indy in echl today. Any chance he might come back? He has been very solid in goal, but if he comes back he needs to make a commitment to this team. Hope to be coming to Peoria in January to root for our favorite ex Wichita thunder player. Go Rivermen and go Matt!
  15. Matt Summers is a huge late addition to your roster. He has been a mainstay here in Wichita (CHL) for the past 3 years and is a point a game forward, gives 110% on each shift. He was a casualty of the CHL folding and the ECHL merger due to the decrease in vets allowed per team. He is a great guy and will rapidly become a fan favorite. Many tears were shed here in Wichita when it was learned that he was leaving. Our loss is a huge gain for you. My grandson and I will definitely be making a couple of trips to Illinois this winter to watch and root him on. Go Rivermen!!!