I think the Dawgs front office talks a good game but it’s rare that they deliver. Because of that I honestly think that hockey is not going to have a long future in Roanoke. People are getting tired of hearing about how great the team is going to be and then it never happens. I hate to be negative but after going to other SPHL arenas and seeing their product on the ice, in game entertainment, souvenirs, etc I really feel that Roanoke is way behind in most of these categories.
Now, on the other hand, it seems like Roanoke has a hard time getting quality players that do not get called up and that can hurt a lot. The Dawgs have never really had a player that is a true scoring threat and has never had a player that is consistently physical. They did with Fox and Economos but it doesn’t look like they are ever coming back.
Also, this month long road trip cannot be easy on the team either. Do other teams have a similar stretch of games where they’re away for a month?
Is this the end of the world? No. Will I continue to support the team and be a season ticket holder? Of course! But, something needs to be done and getting rid of Bremner is not the solution, I think he’s a good coach but he’s just can’t get anything going with the team he has. It seemed like last year he was quick to get rid of players that didn’t meet his standard. Maybe he has relaxed on that or maybe there are no replacement players available or maybe management doesn’t want him doing that?
A lot of this is speculation and opinion but I really hope the team does something to fix the problem rather than just give the traditional Roanoke response of “just wait until next year!” Lastly, I hope whatever the response is I hope it isn’t a knee jerk response.