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#1 Icehole

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 08:27 AM

So as alternative to a non-existent NHL season, what are some good hockey games to go to fill my hockey fix in the NYC, Connecticut, Western, MA area or for this discussion purposes anywhere near where you are located.

UMass has great games $8 general admission and great seats, but I really don't know any quality minor league hockey in the area where I live.  The Danbury Whalers are supposed to be decent, guess I will have to check them out.

Anyway, I thought this needed a seperate thread from the lockout thread CBA negotiations debacle.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 08:38 AM

And how many of these NHL alternatives get streamed online?  I'll gladly watch an internet broadcast given the chance.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 08:40 AM

One of my regrets from the last lockout was not taking the opportunity to watch some NU and Canisius games.  I'll probably do that this year, and maybe even take in a junior game across the border.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 10:24 AM

Im going to catch a few amerk games and some RIT hockey.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 11:09 AM

Unfortunately, our Federal Hockey League team the Brooklyn Aviators folded this summer.

So, not a whole lot of NHL alternatives in NYC.

There a couple of Junior B teams.

Rumor around town is that the KHL is planning on playing some regular season games in Brooklyn's new Barclay's arena sometime in January.  If that happens I am going for sure.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 11:24 AM

Rochester has it made between RIT and the Amerks.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 11:45 AM

View Postd4rksabre, on 01 September 2012 - 11:24 AM, said:

Rochester has it made between RIT and the Amerks.

Rochester = "hockey heaven" for the remainder of 2012.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 12:10 PM

I'll be going to the Tacoma/Seattle area for about 18 months. I would appreciate any recommendations from anyone in that area.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 01:30 PM

I look forward to a few Amerks game if the lockout drags on.... :angry:

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 01:57 PM

I'll probably hit up a bunch of WBS Penguins games ether way this year. Especially when the Amerks are in town.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 03:17 PM

View PostTom Backyard, on 01 September 2012 - 11:09 AM, said:

Unfortunately, our Federal Hockey League team the Brooklyn Aviators folded this summer.

So, not a whole lot of NHL alternatives in NYC.

There a couple of Junior B teams.

Rumor around town is that the KHL is planning on playing some regular season games in Brooklyn's new Barclay's arena sometime in January.  If that happens I am going for sure.

How was that and did the whole league fold or just Brooklyn?

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 04:16 PM

View PostNorth Buffalo, on 01 September 2012 - 03:17 PM, said:

How was that and did the whole league fold or just Brooklyn?

Brooklyn folded, and they are now the Dayton Devils.  From what I understand, they just weren't making any money.  

FHL is still alive.  6 teams: http://en.wikipedia....l_Hockey_League

Too bad its not here anymore because it was decent hockey, and affordable too.  Tickets were like $10 and beers were $4.  

They will be missed.  On game nights, the arena had a small town feel to it (even when full), which being in Brooklyn, is difficult to come by.

Edited by Tom Backyard, 01 September 2012 - 04:18 PM.


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Posted 01 September 2012 - 04:32 PM

View PostLabattBlue, on 01 September 2012 - 01:30 PM, said:

I look forward to a few Amerks game if the lockout drags on.... :angry:

Ditto. The team should be pretty stacked. I imagine Cody Hodgson plays there too.

Besides that, I usually make it to 1 RIT game, so i'll probably attend 1-2 more then usual. During the last lockout, my buddies and I went to see a London Knights game (Corey Perry and Sabres prospects Dylan Hunter and Adam Dennis). That was cool, at the time, i had high hopes for Hunter and my buddy thought Dennis would become a future #1.... how things changed since that lockout... lol

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 06:35 PM

View PostTom Backyard, on 01 September 2012 - 04:16 PM, said:

Brooklyn folded, and they are now the Dayton Devils.  From what I understand, they just weren't making any money.  

FHL is still alive.  6 teams: http://en.wikipedia....l_Hockey_League

Too bad its not here anymore because it was decent hockey, and affordable too.  Tickets were like $10 and beers were $4.  

They will be missed.  On game nights, the arena had a small town feel to it (even when full), which being in Brooklyn, is difficult to come by.

Worse comes to worse catch a Metro North Train up to Brewster and I will meet you for a game at Danbury if it gets too bad... Oh yea train tickets are expensive now.  Nuts.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 07:43 PM

I'm riding high with Amur Khabarovsk of the KHL, season starts on Wednesday. Thank you internet streaming!

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 03:39 AM

So I guess I needed to be paying more attention to all of this...was there an announcement?  Is there no NHL hockey coming our way now?

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:09 AM

Not looking good during negotiations, Fehr and Bettman have no additionally scheduled meetings after their face to face sit down.  Guy I know from Detroit who seems to be connected says it ain't happening... Sides are talking apples and oranges.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:21 AM

View PostNorth Buffalo, on 02 September 2012 - 07:09 AM, said:

Not looking good during negotiations, Fehr and Bettman have no additionally scheduled meetings after their face to face sit down.  Guy I know from Detroit who seems to be connected says it ain't happening... Sides are talking apples and oranges.

This story was written the day the NHLPA hired Fehr.  Not that Bettman is being reasonable, either.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 09:27 AM

This seriously makes me mad.....how can a league have 3 $&@&ing lockouts and stay afloat! (yes I'm counting this year as a lockout yr).

This is going to kill teams like coyotes, islanders, devils, and even Minnesota. These lockouts don't help a $&@$ing thing you lose a year full of revenue, popularity, and even some bandwagon fans.

Hell, if there is another lockout people will forget they have a good team in LA.......again. :)

Overall, the league should fire bettman! Who in there right mind would keep a guy who has cause 3 lockouts in the last ten yrs!

Sorry guys Im channeling my angry eleven side today. Lol



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Posted 02 September 2012 - 01:41 PM

Just saw an ad for Cornell vs. Michigan at MSG on 11/24.  I didn't go to either school, but that might be an excuse for a trip downstate.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:05 PM

View PostEleven, on 02 September 2012 - 01:41 PM, said:

Just saw an ad for Cornell vs. Michigan at MSG on 11/24.  I didn't go to either school, but that might be an excuse for a trip downstate.

That one is a tradition.

Tickets are tough to come by. Alumni and students get first dibs, and NYC has its fair share of Big Red grads.

I have wanted to go since i have been living here, but have never shelled out the cash to go.

If there is no NHL, this may be the year for me.



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Posted 03 September 2012 - 12:41 AM

I am thrilled that there's going to be pro minor league hockey in Orlando again!  The Orlando Solar Bears are back, this time as part of the ECHL (as affiliates to the Minnesota Wild and their AHL farm team, the Houston Aeros).  It's technically a completely new franchise with the Solar Bears name, but I recently read that they are going to raise the banner commemorating the original team's Turner Cup win in 2001 and are inviting alumni to participate.  I went to a few Solar Bears games back in 2000 or so before the IHL folded but I'm particularly excited to attend games this season.  I'm seriously considering going to the home opener on October 20th.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 01:15 AM

View PostSabreFX, on 03 September 2012 - 12:41 AM, said:

I am thrilled that there's going to be pro minor league hockey in Orlando again!  The Orlando Solar Bears are back, this time as part of the ECHL (as affiliates to the Minnesota Wild and their AHL farm team, the Houston Aeros).  It's technically a completely new franchise with the Solar Bears name, but I recently read that they are going to raise the banner commemorating the original team's Turner Cup win in 2001 and are inviting alumni to participate.  I went to a few Solar Bears games back in 2000 or so before the IHL folded but I'm particularly excited to attend games this season.  I'm seriously considering going to the home opener on October 20th.

Just came in here to post this. I'll be checking them out this year as well.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 08:04 AM

View PostTom Backyard, on 02 September 2012 - 07:05 PM, said:

That one is a tradition.

Tickets are tough to come by. Alumni and students get first dibs, and NYC has its fair share of Big Red grads.

I have wanted to go since i have been living here, but have never shelled out the cash to go.

If there is no NHL, this may be the year for me.

Is it?  The ad said it was the first time for the two teams at MSG.

Edited by Eleven, 03 September 2012 - 08:04 AM.


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Posted 03 September 2012 - 09:15 AM

Halifax Mooseheads of the Q.

Not really an official alternative, as I watch them often regardless.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 10:18 AM

View PostEleven, on 03 September 2012 - 08:04 AM, said:



Is it?  The ad said it was the first time for the two teams at MSG.

Cornell has played host to Boston University at MSG on the odd years, started in 2007.

This will be Michigan's first game at MSG.

So I guess, "becoming a tradition" would be more accurate.

Edited by Tom Backyard, 03 September 2012 - 10:45 AM.


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Posted 14 September 2012 - 08:16 AM

If there is a lockout that cancels the season (I still say there is no chance of that), then I become an Amerks season ticket holder.  I hope this gives me motivation to get down to Geneseo, my alma mater, and watch some Ice Knights hockey.  I loved the games when I was a student there, don't know why I haven't made it back.

Edited by gohansrage, 14 September 2012 - 08:18 AM.


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Posted 14 September 2012 - 08:54 AM

I'll be going down to the local rink and the grassroots to take in some minor hockey games for sure. This is where it all started for me and what its really all about. Right now I could care less about pro, semi pro, etc.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 07:07 PM

I didn't get a chance to see if I could find it online today, but watching Armia's Finish team could be interesting.  This also gives me an excuse to bring up how he had 2 goals and 1 assist in the season opener :thumbsup:

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 08:09 AM

I will give my local team the Mannheim eagles some more attention.

The season started yesterday.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 08:36 AM

View PostLaLaLaFontaine, on 15 September 2012 - 08:09 AM, said:

I will give my local team the Mannheim eagles some more attention.

The season started yesterday.

Is Hecht with the team in any capacity?

And is there any way to follow them over the 'net?

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 07:34 AM

Here in Manch-Vegas NH we have the Kings AHL team, the Monarchs. (the cup just made a visit last Sunday.) In fact within 90 minutes of Boston there are 5 AHL teams to watch, not to mention abundant college hockey.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 08:19 AM

Guess this means I'll be attending most of the RIT games now, and probably more B-Sens games with my girlfriends parents.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 02:32 PM

Sabres touting other hockey watching opportunities: http://sabres.nhl.co...st.htm?id=11544

A classy little detail, if obvious and easy, to get the word out about upcoming OHL and NCAA games nearby.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:08 PM

View PostIKnowPhysics, on 05 October 2012 - 02:32 PM, said:

Sabres touting other hockey watching opportunities: http://sabres.nhl.co...st.htm?id=11544

A classy little detail, if obvious and easy, to get the word out about upcoming OHL and NCAA games nearby.


That's very cool.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:11 PM

View Postcdexchange, on 05 October 2012 - 04:08 PM, said:

That's very cool.

Extremely.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 05:43 PM

View PostIKnowPhysics, on 05 October 2012 - 02:32 PM, said:

Sabres touting other hockey watching opportunities: http://sabres.nhl.co...st.htm?id=11544

A classy little detail, if obvious and easy, to get the word out about upcoming OHL and NCAA games nearby.

Unanimous my ass.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 06:36 PM

View Postspndnchz, on 05 October 2012 - 05:43 PM, said:

Unanimous my ass.
I actually think it's kind of ######.  Sure, I'm happy to know the options out there.  But coming from the team?  It kind of has this "well, we kind of care about you, and we know you like hockey, so, ummm, here's this" type of vibe.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 07:06 PM

ESPN2 is playing Lev vs. Dynamo Moscow right now (tues night @8)

It's a replay of a game from this afternoon.

Chara and Ovi are playing.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 07:12 PM

Lev-Dynamo is about where it was when I watched it for a few minutes this afternoon.  It wasn't a bad game.  I'll switch to it when baseball playoffs go to commercial.