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JMC-STL

Hockey Returning (again) to Bloomington, IL (Confirmed)

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And you'll never guess who this time ...  :hellno:

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From: The Pantagraph > Sports > Hockey > Breaking

Federal Prospects Hockey League team may be headed to Bloomington

RANDY KINDRED

2 hrs ago (Nov 19, 2019)

BLOOMINGTON — The Federal Prospects Hockey League has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday at Grossinger Motors Arena that will include the league's commissioner and "the ownership group of the new Bloomington team," according to a press release Tuesday.

Among the announcements will be a partnership between the league and Grossinger Motors Arena for three neutral site regular-season games to be played at the downtown Bloomington arena during the current season between January and March 2020.

However, Hannah Shea, director of marketing for Grossinger Motors Arena, said the news conference is about "more than three games.

 

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1 hour ago, SASRACE said:

They have something they can sell right now

What a unstable league,that's treats their players like crap and several teamz that play in rec league arenas with attendsnce around 100 no thanks I'll pass.they. change the name of the league cause of pending lawsuits from forner players.what a joke .. you got team owners fighting refs,its a joke id go with no hockey over that league

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16 minutes ago, SouthernHockeyGirl said:

The FPHL is most likely coming to more cities than Bloomington.

Maybe so,I know if the ever put a team in Knoxville I won't be there...

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And the "Soskin Hockey League" expands once more ...  :banghead:

From: The Pantagraph > Sports > Hockey

Back in the game: Hockey returning to Bloomington-Normal with Federal Prospects Hockey League franchise

RANDY KINDRED

36 min ago (Nov 20, 2019)

BLOOMINGTON — Vowing to spend money on marketing and promotion and to put an "exciting, fast, hard-hitting" product on the ice, Barry Soskin is intent on making hockey sustainable in Bloomington-Normal.

Soskin is majority owner of a new Federal Prospects Hockey League franchise in Bloomington that will begin play in the 2020-21 season. ...

Soskin said the team has a multi-year lease with the arena and is expected to play 28 to 30 home games next season. The FPHL, which is in its 10th season, has 10 teams this year, including a franchise in Danville owned by Soskin, and is likely to expand to 13 to 14 by next season, he said.

The season typically runs from late October to late April.

"I think you'll find we have a few tricks up our sleeves," Soskin said during an afternoon news conference at Grossinger Motors Arena. "We're about marketing and promotion. It takes money to make money and we'll spend it to make it work right here. We need to do that as well as have a great product on the ice.

"We'll be here as long as the fans want us here. I fully believe that." ...

 

Read more at: https://www.pantagraph.com/sports/hockey/back-in-the-game-hockey-returning-to-bloomington-normal-with/article_f1dfd581-14e3-5a1a-98f2-c2cbf5df8716.html

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Lmao soskin owns how many teams?well they are gonna lose 2 teams soon battle creek and Delaware ....the travel how do they pay for gas  ..also how do they travel no team has a sleeper bus ..amd what with the league be called next season when thus have lawsuits pending against the now FPHL

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The FPHL Experiment officially begins tonight in BLM, with a second neutral site game scheduled for Saturday night.  Word on the web is that a contingent of Quad Cities area hockey fans will be there Saturday night to renew acquaintances with some former members of their ECHL & SPHL teams.  Those dozen or so diehards could significantly boost attendance @Grossinger Arena for Game #2  I sure hope they're planning to open a second Dippin' Dots cart on the concourse.  :huh:

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22 minutes ago, JMC-STL said:

The FPHL Experiment officially begins tonight in BLM, with a second neutral site game scheduled for Saturday night.  Word on the web is that a contingent of Quad Cities area hockey fans will be there Saturday night to renew acquaintances with some former members of their ECHL & SPHL teams.  Those dozen or so diehards could significantly boost attendance @Grossinger Arena for Game #2  I sure hope they're planning to open a second Dippin' Dots cart on the concourse.  :huh:

Hope it goes better than the game they played in Athens, GA.  They were suppose to play two games there, but did so bad they cancelled the 2nd one and now going to play it in Columbus.

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The always-nice young lady at the BLM arena box office told me this afternoon that they were "very busy" with the neutral site games' ticket sales this week, and she's expecting brisk walkup sales on game nights..  10 bucks for every seat in the house could be helping, or it could just be her wishful thinking.  I'll report here what me 'n' Mrs. JMC witness this weekend.  Between snowflakes.  ☃️

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Bit of a yawner in Bloomington Friday night, despite an official combined total of 96 SOGs.  My crowd estimate was 250 butts in seats, which plummeted in the 3rd period with Danbury leading 4-1 then 5-1 and the penalty box doors in constant motion.  Hoping for a much larger crowd & a much more competitive Game #2 on Saturday night, or the future of hockey in BLM will remain in doubt.  :hmm:

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Saturday night neutral game in Bloomington had even lighter attendance than Game#1, despite several vehicle loads of Quad City fans being there to cheer on former players.  Unofficial consensus for Sat night was approx. 200 in attendance.  In the closing minutes of the game there were young ladies wandering the remote corners of the arena, giving away the "FPHL Bloomington" T-shirts with the two competing teams' logos that they couldn't sell for 10 bucks each on the concourse this weekend.  Hockey has definitely become a tough sell in B-N.  :bored:

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3 hours ago, JMC-STL said:

Saturday night neutral game in Bloomington had even lighter attendance than Game#1, despite several vehicle loads of Quad City fans being there to cheer on former players.  Unofficial consensus for Sat night was approx. 200 in attendance.  In the closing minutes of the game there were young ladies wandering the remote corners of the arena, giving away the "FPHL Bloomington" T-shirts with the two competing teams' logos that they couldn't sell for 10 bucks each on the concourse this weekend.  Hockey has definitely become a tough sell in B-N.  :bored:

Hopefully, having your hometown team playing would draw more fans.  I wouldn't be too excited to see a FPHL between two other cities.  But if it was to show the city is excited about hockey coming back, I'd go.  I watch a few when Roanoke doesn't play a game just to see some of our old players on each team's YouTube.  It's not terrible and if was the only option I'd pick it over no hockey, but you can sure tell a difference between leagues.  Also not really that much parity and a lot of games are blowout.  The best talent seems to all be on the top few teams.  Every team in the SPHL has the ability to beat each other.  FPHL not too much.  It's free though so I'll keep watching.  That is one thing they do better than the SPHL.  Free YouTube broadcasts of the game, with pretty good quality and the announcers aren't that bad.

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Follow-up to the attendance figures for these two neutral site games: I just looked at the FPHL's Scores summary page for the two matches, and they contain the following footnote ...

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*Attendance adjusted for both nights to preserve accurate averages for true home games for both Danbury and Carolina. Actual attendance on both nights: Friday: 411 Saturday: 401

Still generous for the "crowds" that I witnessed, but at least it's an explanation of the 1,100+ and 2,900+ numbers in the Box Scores..

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