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TroopSupporter42069

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  1. Name isn't bad, but the logo is...woof. Also, looks like they hired Brent Clarke as the head coach. Led Watertown to the title back in 2015.
  2. I don't know how this makes it in Berlin. From what I've heard pay is up to $200-$500 a game, which, even if you're paying only $200 to every player, that's $100 more per week, per player than the FHL's reported $150. And then they only play 36 games, so you have 10 fewer home games in the FHL to try and make up for that increased cost. Granted, the travel is probably way less than the FHL, which I think is what killed the team in the first place, but still, you figure the entire operating costs are in the same ballpark as the FHL, and that they play in a rink that MIGHT have 1000 seats, and I just don't have high hopes for them. I'm happy they have a team again, but really don't see it working.
  3. Save for the two seasons when they only had four teams, they've always had one team every year who did like 200 fans. It's just baffling that in a league where you reportedly need 750+ fans a night (may be a little more depending on lease and other things), that they have been so bad at vetting potential owners and teams that they have never been able to consistently find 6-8 teams who can draw that number. It shouldn't be hard, and yet, here we are with this dance again. Now, it seems like these two teams are better than most teams they've brought in in the past, but we'll see.
  4. That's a good question, I'm not sure the league retains enough players year to year to be able to have an expansion draft, but I have seen on Facebook teams like Watertown and Carolina have announced player signings, but that's maybe been 2-3 from those two teams only. I imagine in the FHL it's a free-for-all to get whoever you can get.
  5. I feel like Carolina, PH, Danville are set and steady, and I think Elmira will be a big success (by FHL standards), but I worry about Watertown going forward, and kinda don't know what to think about Mentor. It seems like they have good people in place there, but with 90 days until the season starts, I just wonder if they're starting too late to potentially get a steady fan base and corporate support. That said, if they can play a full season and then have an off-season where no teams fold, that would be a big step forward for them. On the surface, there doesn't appear to be a North Shore or Brewster or Steel City that will do 200 fans a night and be dead on arrival, and that's a major thing for the league and other teams. I can't imagine the people in Watertown were thrilled to get to see North Shore and then the FHL travel team 10+ times last year out of 28 home games or whatever.
  6. Here's some details about it: Carolina gets 32! While Port Huron and Danville play just 27 at their rinks, Danville also plays two neutral-site games. That's...a little unfair. https://busleaguehockey.com/2018/07/23/fhl-releases-2018-19-schedule-two-neutral-site-games-planned/
  7. That's a solid logo and colors. From what I've seen also, it's not owned by Soskin, or at least majority owned by Soskin, so that's good that they have another set of local owners.
  8. The latest is it sounds like the league is FINALLY going to announce the Mentor team. Which makes it really weird that local media there hasn't had a thing about it. https://busleaguehockey.com/2018/07/20/fhl-announcement-on-mentor-oh-imminent/
  9. Isn't one of the voters a member of Evansville? And even more weird, he didn't even go for the homer vote and pick his own mascot as the best one! @ThunderboltsPXP: C&R, Mac, Marky, Pride, Diesel, Chilly, Maverick, Rocky, Toro
  10. For FHL yes. Look at the article, every ticket price for every section, with the exception of the restaurant seat, is the most expensive in the league. And their season ticket prices for center, ends, other end, are higher than any other team. Yes, in the grand scheme of things and compared to SPHL it's not expensive, but compared to the other four FHL teams, their prices are high.
  11. Those seem...high. I guess the prices if you're an early-bird aren't terrible (I'd be curious to know if the restaurant seat includes food), but walking up, $16 for a decent seat for that league is more than I'd realistically be willing to pay.I think they're probably about $2-3 high for each seat on the walk-up prices.
  12. Making that slip-up even more awkward? Sounds like Elmira doesn't even have a deal in place for a team yet, and faces a deadline of Wednesday afternoon this week. https://busleaguehockey.com/2018/07/09/local-reports-elmira-faces-wednesday-deadline-for-fhl-team/
  13. Yes that's the league model, but it's still bad when the league can't find six teams who can consistently get 700 to 1000 people. I agree that it's good that the FHL is the only chance some towns have at a pro hockey team, but 700+ fans is not a lot, and to not be able to find six teams that can consistently do that is what people point to. Why go to these towns of less than 10,000 people with a rink that might have 800 seats like they have in the past? That's the criticism. I love the FHL business model as an idea and giving towns that chance, but in the past the league has done such a bad job of vetting potential owners, they take their expansion fee check first and then toss them into the ocean hoping they can swim. Hopefully that changes with the two rumored additions and the demise of North Shore, and particularly with Scott Brand helping them out. Truthfully, I think the bigger issue is so many teams just don't market their product. They just put a team down and think that fans will show up because, hockey! And while there are fans who will do that, you need to get the team out there and have fun nights to draw people in. And that takes money, which, clearly a lot of past owners did not have.
  14. I mean, there's nowhere else they could go if they want pro hockey. It's FHL or nothing. Truthfully, that arena and market would be better of with something like the NAHL than the FHL, but I guess with the NAHL moving into Jamestown, that rules out that ever happening. That and with the arena being privately owned, I'm sure they want something in there so it doesn't sit completely empty throughout the winter.
  15. I have heard the same thing, with rumor being that the 2nd team is in New York, though no specifics on what city in NY that might be, but I'd guess Elmira based on their past negotiations with the FHL.
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