NAHL 2017-2018 Thread

Discussion in 'All other USA Amateur, USHL, NAHL, USNTDP etc.' started by Kapn Kaveman, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. cmh329

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    Another game having to be postponed in Philly tonight due to the fog creating unsafe conditions. The league can not be happy about this.
     
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    Nor, do I imagine, the ice crew @ The Penn.
     
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    That rink has had these problems for years. Rebels knew this coming in to moving there. They thought they could capitalize on the college crowd, but have failed to do so. Honestly attendance has dropped since the move. They were better off in the suburbs.
     
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    Danbury is the only place you can draw a sustainable junior hockey fanbase in New England as it's one of the few places where people aren't within a ten minute drive of the NHL, AHL, or NCAA D-1. They supported the gongshow Fed teams there with 1,000-2,000 fans per game until recent years with CT worker's comp insurance costs sinking the team. NAHL East needs it, the other teams (minus Johnstown) put up embarrassing attendance numbers, junior hockey doesn't sell in the Northeast. King's College, a new NCAA D-3 team shares a rink with WBS Knights. That brand new team that is win-less, as of today, still averages more fans than the Knights. East Coast fans watch NHL, NCAA D-1, some AHL, then maybe ECHL and D-3 and that's it. It didn't take a genius to tell you that when the NAHL went east that the teams would play in empty houses.
    Elmira Jackal's deep pocketed owner left the city because of the lease with the arena. When even the enormously popular Elmira D-3 NCAA won't leave their arena 20 minutes out of the city, that tells you something. That's enough to put off most owners.
     
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    Yeah, there's a reason why the USHL and most of the other NAHL teams are in markets where there is little to no other hockey. Say you are a hockey fan in Rhode Island: would you rather drive to Attleboro for a Generals game (let's not forget that the NAHL was barely known in New England) or take in a college hockey game at Providence or Brown, or possibly the PBruins?

    For the record, both the Providence Bruins and WBS Penguins are in the middle of the AHL in ticket sales.
     
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    They should just abandon New England to the NCDC already if they want to cement their place as the second best North American league. Philadelphia is probably losing money hand over fist and I have no idea how they are still in business. The Generals, Titans, and Knights are only still in business because the other teams in the organization are run at a profit. Ironically that's how their rivals in the USPHL run their free-to-play teams. Not saying that's how free-to-play junior hockey should be funded, but it's pretty clear that's the only how free-to-play junior hockey is going to work in the Northeast. NAHL should save face and keep with what they know. Have teams in places where they are the only hockey available, ensuring they pack the house every night. Other than that they should just keep getting Division 1 commits. They'll never be able to compete with the USHL in that regard, but with the low end commits their rivals like the NCDC (which are mostly D-3, albeit very good D-3) are getting, their brand will stay strong.
     

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