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HockeyLover98

Why only 16 players 2 goalies

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I wouldn't say you usually see it. Rosters are different at all levers of hockey and are far from consistent even within the league's The ECHL's reserve spots are a relatively new additions.

Fewer players means not only lower salary but lower per diem, fewer hotel rooms needed, lower equipment costs, etc. You can have guys on three-game tryouts but you'll see teams at that 18-man active limit most of the time because why have more than you need.

The whole business plan of the league is to be as inexpensive as possible. While the SPHL doesn't take this to extremes like the Fed (e.g. the SPHL has insurance in case of injuries, the Fed does not), the goal is to make money. You can still have a decent level of play across 56 games with 10 F/6 D or 9 F/7 D so there really hasn't been a push to up the roster limit.

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14 hours ago, Geoff said:

I wouldn't say you usually see it. Rosters are different at all levers of hockey and are far from consistent even within the league's The ECHL's reserve spots are a relatively new additions.

Fewer players means not only lower salary but lower per diem, fewer hotel rooms needed, lower equipment costs, etc. You can have guys on three-game tryouts but you'll see teams at that 18-man active limit most of the time because why have more than you need.

The whole business plan of the league is to be as inexpensive as possible. While the SPHL doesn't take this to extremes like the Fed (e.g. the SPHL has insurance in case of injuries, the Fed does not), the goal is to make money. You can still have a decent level of play across 56 games with 10 F/6 D or 9 F/7 D so there really hasn't been a push to up the roster limit.

So an average per player of $ 311 per week. Do they have a per diem per game on the road ? Do they have their apartment paid by the team?

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Yes, they get per diem on the road and housing is provided by the team (thus why the Ice Flyers can use a view of the Gulf of Mexico as a recruiting tool. players stay in condos on the beach). There are also a lot of meals that paid for by the team/booster organizations, snacks after practices, teams strike deals where players (and sometimes the staff) get discounts on food with local restaurants, etc.

You might also see players have "jobs" from sponsors. Some of those may be legit, others a little less so, but that employment is strictly at the discretion of the sponsor whether they want to hire the person or not. Sometimes these may be on paper only jobs (which is the more sketchy/risky thing to do) but I know of multiple players and a former equipment manager who legitimately worked as painters in the off-season, and one who even did it in-season to help pay his family's bills.

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