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Evansville Hockey

FHL's Future Unclear?

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2 hours ago, Marksmen119 said:

The International Developmental Hockey League is a senior hockey league that will begin its inaugural season in October 2018 with teams in the Northeastern US and Canada.

The IDHL will serve as a feeder league to the FHL beginning in the 2018-2019 season. Players will be called up on a weekly basis to supplement the FHL rosters.

Shouldn't that be the other way around? Or its it senior in school?

Your confusion is justified.  A "senior hockey league" in the vernacular of Hockey Canada is an amateur adult league for former junior players who have "aged out" or players who simply want to continue in competitive hockey in their 20's and beyond.  USA Hockey typically refers to such leagues as "adult leagues."  I suppose we shouldn't expect hockey protocol to be observed nor much hockey knowledge to be displayed by someone associated with this wanna-be "feeder league" for the F(P)HL.

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12 minutes ago, JMC-STL said:

Your confusion is justified.  A "senior hockey league" in the vernacular of Hockey Canada is an amateur adult league for former junior players who have "aged out" or players who simply want to continue in competitive hockey in their 20's and beyond.  USA Hockey typically refers to such leagues as "adult leagues."  I suppose we shouldn't expect hockey protocol to be observed nor much hockey knowledge to be displayed by someone associated with this wanna-be "feeder league" for the F(P)HL.

Thanks. 

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The F(P)HL recently held their second dispersal draft in as many months. Back in June, the Berlin roster was dispersed to the remaining teams. Incase you didnt see the results, here they are :

Watertown Wolves trade future considerations to St. Clair Shores Fighting Saints for their 2 picks in the Berlin Dispersal Draft.

1. Carolina - David Brancik
2. Watertown - Jiri Pestuka
3. Cornwall - Matt Fuller
4. Port Huron - Nick Wright
5. Watertown - Josh Pietrantonio
6. Danbury - Matt Kaludis
7. Danville - John Celli
8. Carolina - Jan Salak
9. Watertown - Tyler Howe
10. Cornwall - Stanislav Vlasov
11. Port Huron - Edgar Ozolins
12. Watertown - Cameron Dimmitt

 

Yesterday, Aug. 9, the F(P)HL held the dispersal draft of the Danbury roster. These were the results. 

Syracuse, NY -  The Federal Hockey League held a dispersal draft on Wednesday for the players from the Danbury Titans. The complete dispersal draft order is as follows:

1. Carolina - Dalton Jay
2. North Shores - Ludlow Harris
3. Cornwall - Taylor Bourne
4. Port Huron - Matt Graham
5. Watertown - Matt Kaludis
6. Danville - Taylor Love
7. Carolina - John Scully
8. North Shores - Matthew Coleman
9. Cornwall - John Schiavo
10. Port Huron - Alex Johnson
11. Watertown - Vadim Subbotnikov
12. Danville - Craig Skudalski 
13. Carolina - Nikita Ivandikov
14. North Shores - Frankie Hart 
15. Cornwall - Stephen Inman 
16. Port Huron - Dean Yakura 
17. Watertown - Bobby Bowden 

 

 

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Next they need to update their schedule with Danbury removed, so us fans can plan appropriately for another riveting F(P)HL season.

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FHL Announces 2017-2018 Schedule (again)

Back down to six teams: Carolina, Cornwall, Danville, North Shore, Port Huron, and Watertown.  They've had to institute another unbalanced schedule, having run Berlin outta the League and after Danbury folded.  The credibility train keeps on accelerating down the slope.

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A few days ago I left a post on Winston-Salem's FB page about how they would lose $$$ from travel costs that can hurt their chances of staying a long time in the FHL. They answered me saying they plan to get 1150 paid (Idk if they meant gas $ or sth'rs). They also mentioned they wanted to use this season to prove to the SPHL that WS deserves a team again. One last thing they said was that they get the concessions for hockey along with all fairgrounds, pools and Winston Lake Golf Course Events. WS just needs a solid corporate sponsor and good season ticket fan base.

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Good info. Hope it works out for them.

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59 minutes ago, MacGuy said:

Good info. Hope it works out for them.

Agreed, but it hasn't in the past, many times over.

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I'm sure the FHL loves their only southern team saying, "we're just doing this to get an SPHL team." lol

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On 8/30/2017 at 0:46 PM, Marksmen119 said:

A few days ago I left a post on Winston-Salem's FB page about how they would lose $$$ from travel costs that can hurt their chances of staying a long time in the FHL. They answered me saying they plan to get 1150 paid (Idk if they meant gas $ or sth'rs). They also mentioned they wanted to use this season to prove to the SPHL that WS deserves a team again. One last thing they said was that they get the concessions for hockey along with all fairgrounds, pools and Winston Lake Golf Course Events. WS just needs a solid corporate sponsor and good season ticket fan base.

As a resident of Winston-Salem, the only way they'll get the SPHL back is by doing some work on the Annex here.  I don't believe the ancient boards/glass have been replaced.  I asked on FB but the person responding to me couldn't even answer that question.  I plan to go to some games to give it a chance but my expectations are low.  Very low.

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4 hours ago, Will Sams said:

As a resident of Winston-Salem, the only way they'll get the SPHL back is by doing some work on the Annex here.  I don't believe the ancient boards/glass have been replaced.  I asked on FB but the person responding to me couldn't even answer that question.  I plan to go to some games to give it a chance but my expectations are low.  Very low.

 

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From: The Federal Hockey League > News

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LAST OF LOCAL OWNERS DEPART WATERTOWN WOLVES

By Chris Fitz Gerald of the Watertown Daily Times ...


Watertown, NY - The makeup of the ownership of the Watertown Wolves has changed once again, this time with former local owners of the hockey franchise now out of the picture.

Once owned by a group comprised of local business owners and doctors, the professional hockey team was purchased and is owned exclusively by International Development Hockey League, LLC, a subsidiary of the Federal Hockey League.

Now the arrangement, which was announced in June, has changed even further, as team minority co-owners Stan Tibbles and Cullen Lundy are no longer affiliated with the team.

Tibbles and Lundy, who were one of several co-owners of the team under Top Shelf Hockey, were to serve as minority owners of the Wolves, who open their season in November, but both have decided to move on from their positions.

“I’m no longer involved,” Tibbles said Wednesday. “I decided that it was in my best personal interest to back away from the team and focus on family and my business.”

Both decided to bow out mainly because of the heavy financial burdens of running a pro hockey team, according to FHL Commissioner and Owner Don Kirnan.

“They basically said they had enough and they didn’t want to be involved, which is fine,” Kirnan said. “We offered them an opportunity to stay involved with the team because of their ties to the community.

“But it’s time for them to move on and we appreciate what they did in the past. Obviously we wish them the best.”

Tibbles expressed similar sentiments toward the new operators of the Wolves.

“I wish the new owners/managers the best of luck and much success,” Tibbles said. “Hopefully they can springboard off what we started with the Wolves.” ...

“The reason behind this is I can’t describe how much of a financial and emotional amount of energy that it takes to run this team,” Tibbles said in June about the change of ownership. “You can get worn out over time ... It was time for some of the owners to move on.”

But ultimately, Tibbles and Lundy, decided to follow the other owners.

Kirnan, who has owned the FHL since its inception in 2010, said he empathizes with Tibbles and Lundy.

“Well, I think it’s difficult from a financial standpoint,” Kirnan said. “Every owner that’s owned a team thus far has taken a hit and I think it’s difficult for anybody to go through that.

“I know what it feels like and it doesn’t feel good. You work hard and you actually lose money working hard, so you kind of get beat up, really. So I understand the whole thing with why people want to leave.” ...

“I feel bad for anybody that lost money in any team in the league, and unfortunately there’s a few people that did,” Kirnan said. “That’s one of the reasons the Danbury owner, who is a really nice guy who owns a car dealership. ... He left at the last minute for the same reason — it was just too much for him.

“So sometimes you get to a point where you can’t afford to lose anymore money and that’s the way it is in a lot of these things in minor-league sports.” ...

 

Read more at: http://www.federalhockey.com/news/last-of-local-owners-depart-watertown-wolves

 

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