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Make Marky GM

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  1. The man himself said he was in "talks with other teams". Any non-moron would have to believe Fayetteville would be in the mix. So as you say "they might have passed on him". Your opinion, good for you. Your statement of " Most of the stuff you put out is wrong" is just stupid. Show me where I have ever said anything about being an expert or an insider on the Marksmen or the SPHL. Like 95% of the people who post on this board I post MY opinion, conjecture, spectulation. If only confirmed facts were posted on this forum there wouldn't be much to read. So if you don't like my opinions or speculation so be it but there is no need for you to go against the written rules of the forum and attack them.
  2. “IT’S VERY HUMBLING. FROM A KID PLAYING THIS GAME AND BEING COLORED AND GOING THROUGH SOME OF THE STUFF I WENT THROUGH AS A KID… THE GAME’S COME A LONG WAY, YOU KIND OF SEE A FEW COACHES SPRINKLED AROUND HERE AND THERE, BUT TO ACTUALLY BE THE HEAD COACH OF A TEAM AND BE COLORED, THAT’S A HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT. I’M JUST HAPPY TO BE IN THIS POSITION AND PEOPLE THAT ARE YOUNGER, I HOPE THAT THEY SEE THIS AND KNOW THAT IT CAN BE DONE.” — LEO THOMAS
  3. Don't shake your head too hard you might hurt something. i'll think and post what I want to think and post. If the moderators object they'll do something about it. In my opinion Thomas was or at least should have been on a short list of prospective new coaches for Fayetteville based on his resume. If they passed on him like I said I hope they have a plan B and a good one.
  4. In the presser Leo Thomas states "I was talking to other teams." There's a good chance he had been in talks with Fayetteville. If you snooze you lose, Marksmen. I hope we got a plan B.
  5. Google travel times to Moline, Illinois (times rounded off) Fayetteville, NC 15 hours Pensacola, Fl 14 hrs 30 minutes Macon, Ga 13 hrs 45 minutes Roanoke, Va 12+30 Birmingham, Al 11 Huntsville, Al 10 Knoxville, Tn 9+45 Southaven, MS 9 Evansville, IN 6 Peoria 1+30
  6. It has been confirmed. Leo Thomas is the new Macon coach. Good for him and good for the league.
  7. Unfortunately, if he does a good job for Fayetteville he will probably get offers after year 2 to go onto bigger and better. That's the way of minor league sports.
  8. I noticed he thanked Chuck AND Jeff for giving him this opportunity. He has limited experience in hockey but that shouldn't be an issue. Today will be an interesting day in the SP with the Quad City PC and finding out who the next Macon coach will be (Leo Thomas?)
  9. Yeppers. Antman was probably referring to the COO/President opening that has been advertised but not filled.
  10. Been wondering the same. Almost as long looking for a coach. Plus no word on what happened to Longo. Norris is about as tight lipped as they come except when expressing his political views. They need to hit the ground running after the protected lists are announced but it's looking like they will be playing catch-up if the new people aren't in place soon.
  11. RiverKings Network

    I listened to the 1st episode of the Crown Talk. I found it to be informative and entertaining. I recommend it to other fans of SPHL hockey. Hopefully, one day Fayetteville will have someone who will give the die-hard fans something similar to what the RiverKings are doing.
  12. I'm not anti-McNeil, but he is a role player at best. He is good on penalty kills and he was one of the few players on the team that would actually go to the net on offense. I believe if he comes back to Fayetteville it will be as a free agent. As said before time will tell. I wish him all the luck for his remaining playing time. Just a thought - if he wants to get into coaching maybe FAY can make him a player/coach.
  13. "Executive Director for the Taxslayer, Scott Mullen, says there are 6 to 8 groups interested in owning a team in the QC, as it moves toward the SPHL, but there is no deadline." Headline wasn't misleading but it could've been more specific. "He also told Local 4 News, the ECHL owns the rights to the Mallards name, and he was told the name is not for sale at any price." How about the "Ice Ducks"? Too close to Anaheim? 'While I was at 1st disappointed we had to wait a year before we started playing, looking back it was the right decision.' In retrospect the new Fayetteville ownership group should have taken a year off to try to figure out what they were doing rather than put such a pitiful product on the ice for 56 games.
  14. Jeff Longo

    Right now Norris is a one man band. Hopefully he will have his new President and Head coach/GM in place soon. It will be interesting to see who Norris chooses for the protected list in a couple of weeks. I think the serious recruiting starts after the protected lists are made known.
  15. Interesting; no?

    Either alignment kills my poor Hurricanes.
  16. The above article was taken from the team web site. I enjoy these types of articles even when it's about the other guys. April 15, 2018: Charlie Finn recorded his first career professional shutout in the team’s 8-0 victory. Finn stopped all 40 shots he faced in the series-clinching victory, which is the Mayhem’s first playoff shutout in team history. Just a small bit of editing needed. It was actually the 2nd playoff shut out in team history as Jordan Ruby stopped 37 Columbus shots in a 1-0 Macon win in Game 2 of last year's first round to even the series at 1 game a piece. Macon won game 3 of the series and went on to win the Cup.
  17. MACON, GA- The Macon Mayhem failed to defend their President’s Cup championship in the 2017-2018 season, losing in the semi-finals to the eventual champions, the Huntsville Havoc. The Mayhem had a tremendous third season in Macon, one was filled with marks, memories and milestones from individuals and the team as a whole. SEASON SUMMARY The Mayhem were once again one of the top teams in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), finishing second in the league standings. The team compiled a record of 33-16-7 during the regular season, including a 17-9-2 record at the Macon Coliseum. The Mayhem tallied the most goals in the league during the regular season, scoring 214 goals over the 56-game regular season. Those 214 goals led to a league-high 365 assists and 583 points. One of the reasons for the team’s high-octane offense was its very efficient power play, which scored a league-most 52 power play goals in the regular season. After not scoring a single hat trick as a team last season, the Mayhem had five different players record hat tricks during the regular season and postseason this year. The Mayhem entered the postseason as the two-seed, and they chose to challenge the six-seed Evansville Thunderbolts in the inaugural Challenge Round. After falling 2-1 in game one of the series, the Mayhem rallied to win 6-2 in game two and 8-0 in game three to advance to the President’s Cup Semi-Finals. In a matchup with the Huntsville Havoc, the eventual President’s Cup champions, in the semi-finals, the Mayhem fought until the bitter end and lost in overtime of the series-deciding game three. Macon took game one of the series at the Huntsville IcePlex, holding on for a 6-4 win. The Havoc then rallied and downed the Mayhem 8-2 in game two of the series at the Macon Coliseum. In game three in Macon, the Mayhem took a 2-1 lead with three minutes left in the third period. Huntsville tied the game with just over a minute left and scored the game-winning-goal in the first overtime period, ending the Mayhem’s season. MAYHEM MOMENTS AND MEMORIES The 2017-2018 season was filled with many firsts and superlatives, for both individuals and the team, that made the season a special one for the Mayhem. December 15, 2017: Mayhem defeated the Fayetteville Marksmen 10-2, marking the most goals the Mayhem have scored in a game in team history. December 16, 2017: Mayhem defeated Fayetteville 9-0, recording the largest margin of victory in team history. January 12, 2018: Mayhem scored six goals in the second period of a 7-1 win over the Huntsville Havoc, a team-record for the most goals scored in a single period. March 31, 2018: Dakota Klecha scored his 20th goal of the season in the Mayhem’s 4-1 win over the Fayetteville Marksmen. This marks the first time Klecha has reached the 20-goal mark in his professional career. Klecha had 21 goals, 17 assists and 38 points in 54 games between Macon, Fayetteville and the Peoria Rivermen, setting a new professional career high in goals and points. April 6, 2018: John Siemer scored his 20th goal of the season in the team’s 7-0 win over the Birmingham Bulls. This goal marked the first 20-goal season of Siemer’s professional career. He finished the regular season with 20 goals, 32 assists and 52 points, which were all professional career-highs. April 6, 2018: Caleb Cameron scored his 20th goal of the season in the team’s 7-0 win over the Birmingham Bulls. In his rookie year, Cameron finished with 20 goals, 20 assists and 40 points in 45 games. Cameron ranked third amongst rookies in points, fourth in goals and tied for second in assists. April 15, 2018: Mayhem defeated the Evansville Thunderbolts 8-0 in game three of the Challenge Round, marking the most goals scored in a playoff game in team history and the largest margin of victory in a playoff game in team history. April 15, 2018: Charlie Finn recorded his first career professional shutout in the team’s 8-0 victory. Finn stopped all 40 shots he faced in the series-clinching victory, which is the Mayhem’s first playoff shutout in team history. MAYHEM MILESTONES The Mayhem had a great mix of veterans and young stars this season, and a few of the veterans tallied career accomplishments along the way this season. January 14, 2018: Mayhem captain Daniel Gentzler recorded an assist in the team’s 4-2 win over the Pensacola Ice Flyers, collecting his 100th career SPHL point. Gentzler finished the season with 12 goals, 32 assists and 44 points, setting a new career-high in assists and points. His 44 points ranked him second among SPHL defensemen in the regular season. In his three-year SPHL career, Gentzler has 37 goals, 83 assists and 120 points in 151 regular season games. February 11, 2018: Jake Trask recorded his 200th career SPHL point in the team’s 6-3 loss against the Peoria Rivermen. Trask had a career-year in 2017-2018 season, as he posted career-highs with 27 goals, 42 assists and 69 points over 54 regular season games. He ranked second in the league in points, third in goals and fourth in assists. His previous career-high in points was 2016-2017, when he posted 48 points in the regular season. Trask has 98 goals, 127 assists and 225 points in 240 career SPHL games. March 30, 2018: Trask scored his 100th professional goal in the Mayhem’s 6-1 win over Fayetteville. In 277 professional games between the SPHL, ECHL and CHL, Trask has 101 goals, 135 points and 236 points. MAYHEM IN THE ECHL Macon battled through ECHL loans all season, which made their season truly remarkable. The Mayhem were able to stay in the top half of the standings all season and finish second, despite having multiple players in the ECHL all throughout the season. 14 different players were loaned to an ECHL team during the 2017-2018 season, the highest total in the SPHL. The 14 players compiled 24 separate loan opportunities throughout the season. Five players – Chris Izmirlian, Stephen Pierog, Chris Joseph, Eric Shand and Greg Dodds – completed their seasons in the ECHL and were not on the Mayhem playoff roster. The 14 Mayhem players totaled 227 ECHL games this season, recording 62 total points. Pierog and Shand appeared in two ECHL postseason games apiece for the Atlanta Gladiators against the Florida Everblades. The Atlanta Gladiators faced off against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on February 13, 2018 – a game in which seven players who played for the Mayhem this season appeared in the game. All five starting skaters for the Gladiators – Brandon Pfeil, Eric Shand, Daniel Gentzler, Stephen Pierog and Jake Trask – played for the Mayhem this season. Gentzler scored his first career ECHL goal in the game and also recorded an assist. Daniel Echeverri and Greg Dodds were on the Greenville roster for the game.
  18. Someone really wants the Zenzola Red jersey- up to $425
  19. Fayetteville's jersey auction ended yesterday. 23 jersey's sold raised $5545. That's $241 average per jersey. The high was $600 and the low was $150 (minimum bid).
  20. Jeff Longo

    He is missing. Good catch. The following is still in the archives for the website so I thought I'd post it here before all traces were erased. Jeff Longo President/Owner Biography: Jeff Longo joins the Marksmen as Owner/President, for the 2017-18 season. Longo brings a rich hockey background to the Marksmen, having spent over twenty years in professional hockey in upper management positions. After beginning his career as a Public Relations intern for the New York Rangers (NHL), the native of Hazlet, New Jersey spent six seasons with the San Diego Gulls (WCHL) – the last three as team President. While there, the team led the league in attendance all six seasons and won the league championship three times. In 2003, Longo took a position as the President of the Charlotte Checkers (ECHL) and helped orchestrate the team’s move into a new facility in uptown Charlotte (the NBA Charlotte Bobcats’ Time Warner Cable Arena). Team attendance and revenue increased for six straight seasons from 2003-2008. Longo then served as the Vice President of Marketing and Community Initiatives for the New Jersey Devils (NHL), His marketing team helped frame moments like Martin Brodeur’s record for most wins all-time and most shutouts for a goaltender and Patrick Elias’ franchise record for points. Longo returned to Charlotte in 2010 and served as a consultant to senior management for the Charlotte Checkers (AHL), assisting with corporate marketing initiatives, staffing and negotiations of the team’s lease(s) with the arena. Longo is currently an associate professor and program director for the Sports, Events and Entertainment department at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte. He is pursuing his doctorate at the United States Sports Academy. Jeff and his wife Alisa reside in Charlotte with their two daughters- Riley and Emmery.
  21. I probably should get a twitter account! Thanks for the info. I am somewhat relieved.
  22. The following players are having their jersey's auctioned off this week at --https://marksmenjerseyauction.afrogs.org/#/browse/onlineItems/all/all/ DeBrincat, Spano, Jeke, Bauer, Greco, Drobot, Schiavo, Chaika, Harris and Leon. Is there a connection between the auction and who will not be on the protected list? DeBrincat, Schiavo and Harris can all play at the SPHL level. Another question would be why is the Walsh, Doyle, Mahoney and Halford jersey not on the auction block? They don't plan to protect those guys do they? Edited to Add: When I looked at the auction web site 11 jersey were up for auction ( the 10 mentioned above and #14 no name). I guess it's possible they will add more jerseys later.
  23. It's just his southern accent. No way it could have anything to do with Peoria players being paid extra under the table because that would be illlegal.
  24. Pointstreak has been stuck at 15:05 remaining in the 1st for a while now. Game delayed or is it a pointstreak issue?
  25. New Coach and staff please!

    The coaching vacancy announcement is also on the SPHL web site now. http://thesphl.com/view/thesphl/history-of-the-sphl-1/careers
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