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  2. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    Frietas will be used for a couple of games per year...and the rest will be in Hartford.
  3. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    The bonding part wasn't where the lie comes from. UConn has a contract with the CRDA to have 30 events per year at the XL Center, of which half of those are UConn hockey games. That's not fiction, that's fact. So...unless there is a new contract with UConn...your "2-3 games per year in Hartford" gets blown up in your so many of your stories do.
  4. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement It's listed in their bonding requests and there has been talk of putting the new rink where the barn used to be. This way it is closer to the main road and they don't have to worry about it being to close to another town, or protected area. The people who work at the XL Center and for Spectra were discussing this at the game the other day. UConn also has a better bond rating than Hartford and the even the state, so they're going to get this money and it's being spent on campus, not in Hartford.
  5. The team that won the Stanley Cup in 1917 were called the Seattle Metropolitans. They were also playing the Canadiens in the 1919 Final when the Influenza Epidemic cancelled the remaining games of the series.
  6. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    I agree with Evo. For an athletic program that is losing a lot of money, there is much more money to be made in Hartford over Storrs. It's really that simple. They can talk about upgrading Freitas to meet league standards, that's perfectly fine, but for the people (read: Fraudie) that think UConn is going to play "only 2-3 games a year in Hartford", that is simply idiotic to think that way. And, since the Pack have officially renewed for a minimum of 2 years and a max of 5, I think it's pretty safe to say UConn hockey is going to be in Hartford for that time frame as well. If not longer.
  7. Seattle will never be allowed to use a Whale name. The first team to protest that will be Seattle's closest rival. Vancouver. Besides they're going with something abstract like Seattle Metropolitans or something.
  8. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    I don't ever think they'll play a HE game in Storrs at least not while the XL is open.
  9. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    "They just submitted a bonding plan that includes money for upgrades to their rink on campus to expand it to either 3500 or 4500 seats. If they go with the 4500 option then they will only be playing 2 or 3 games in Hartford." More lies from Fraudie.
  10. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    Would have never said that 20 years but yeah. I used to go to 10 plus AHL games a year in the middle of a loaded youth hockey season back in the day. But as an adult i have 0 interest to go to AHL games unless i see the baby flyers from Leigh Valley. Despite being a critic of the level of play in college hockey during uconns first XL season i started going to more and more games and have a connection/rooting interest in a team everyone can root for (uconn men's hockey). I would rather have 17 or so hockey dates downtown and have the entire market rally around most of those games than 30 something AHL games and 17 or so uconn games. Across the board attendance is dropping for the pack and leveling off for Uconn hockey. That said the loudest and most crowd heavy games downtown nowadays are uconn hockey games. I know this won't happen anytime soon. And in some ways 36ish home ahl games helps parking lots and a select amount of business more than it hurts. But I am all about having Quality events that generate more profit at the XL. And Quantity of events which is why the venue is losing money.
  11. That would be a bummer. But you would think Seattle would want their own idenity? I know the Jets got the name back because the NHL took over Pheonix and controlled the name when the Thrashers moved to Wennipeg. So they had to option to use it.
  12. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    Wait so you would rather have no AHL ?
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  14. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    By taking on the entire wolf pack season the venue is already in the red. That means something is happening where those pack games are not profitable. Because the concerts are doing well and most of the kids shows get decent draws as well as the Wrestling. The pack are more of a liability to pay the bills for staff and facilities than they are an *****et. As far as uconn hockey unless i see money truly going toward the Ice Forumn i will see it to believe it. The home ice advantage is much greater downtown for big games than it would be on campus. The games downtown bring in the community in good numbers for the bigger scale opponents. And that is something Uconn could use to compete. BU (home game 2), UNH, and BC had large crowds and the team played better than most games with those big crowds. UNH was the most agressive/physical i had seen the team all year.
  15. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    Well that's just crazy and would lose the city millions of dollars. You also forget that UConn isn't going to be in Hartford permanently. They have said that multiple times and are getting the money together to move at least half of their games back to Storrs, if not more.
  16. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    Where are these figures coming from regarding revenue for Wolf Pack Games? I could say the same concept concession wise with the pack if they are selling 2 dollar beers and 1 dollar hot dogs on friday's that revenue is going down. On top of all that the operational costs for games and practices for the wolf pack easily can outweigh the profit coming into the city. The hockey culture in hartford doesn't depend on AHL or NHL hockey being downtown. There are more hockey viewers i know now (that didn't grow up playing the sport) than there was 10 years ago when i was in high school. This is due to the success of both the Bruins and Rangers and kids that never saw one of my high school games 10 years ago (when we were #1 in the state for a month) but go to hockey games in Boston and New York often or watch on TV/NHL apps. And from an energy perspective the top uconn hockey games at the XL > the top wolf pack games The pack even on scout night or opening night aren't nearly as loud as the BC, BU, and UNH games. I would rather have the community rally around just Uconn hockey than a rangers affiliate.
  17. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    Those 38 games account for $3.5 million just in ticket sales. That's not counting concessions, parking, mechanise, or suite sales. UConn gets about $1 million in tickets from their 17 games. That number will be less this year since their average has been going down and they had games were they sold tickets for $10. Also, I think going from 56 hockey games to 17 would hurt the market more than you think. People not coming down to Hartford is a really bad thing for the city and market. People that don't come down here think of the area and the XL Center as a ghetto or some place where they have to worry about being shot or robbed. Replacing the Wolf Pack with concerts won't help the market either because people will continue to stop thinking of Hartford as a hockey city especially since UConn is guaranteed to stay there forever. They just submitted a bonding plan that includes money for upgrades to their rink on campus to expand it to either 3500 or 4500 seats. If they go with the 4500 option then they will only be playing 2 or 3 games in Hartford.
  18. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    Honestly if we just had uconn hockey downtown the market would be fine. There are less games putting emphasis on every home game. If they could fill up just Uconn hockey games and get higher concessions and ticket sales for less dates i think the balance sheet finance wise would be better. Now i think EVO has a point that overall losing the 38 dates may hurt local parking and wages for workers at the XL. But clearly given the low turnout for the pack the cost to play those games only going up and the ticket and concession revenue going down it is a big factor for profitability for the venue.
  19. All Hartford Needs Is a Suitable Owner

    That's where it's weird. If we get a team then we might be about to use the name and the logo. We could also end up like Winnipeg and still be able use the name but have to come up with a more modern logo and colors. What's not good is that there are talks that the new team in Seattle might use the "Whalers" name and the owners lawyer has already registered a web domain with that name.
  20. Ah that's cool. So if Hartford ever gets another NHL team, they will probably get the rights to use the name.
  21. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    Well, I was basing it on last year compared to this year. Last year -- WolfPack averaged 4238, T-Birds averaged 4664. Difference = 426 This year -- WolfPack average 4087, T-Birds average 4814. Difference = 727
  22. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    False, late November/early December the margin was about 1500. It's now down to about 800ish
  23. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    There is more than enough evidence to suggest that Hartford can support a team, regardless of level. But, the numbers the Pack draw, for the most part, are terrible. They're going to be outdrawn by Springfield for a 2nd straight year...and the margin seems to be getting wider.
  24. All Hartford Needs Is a Suitable Owner

    They don't have any ownership of the Whalers brand. They had to ask the league for permission to sell Whalers stuff in their store and to wear it as an alternate next year. Basically, the Hurricanes are paying the league to use their old logo. The same thing happened with the license plates. The league had the final say on the design because they own the logo.
  25. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    If Wolfpack left , ECHL would be the best chance of getting another team. It would take a Springfield like miracle or a major affilation shake up to get another AHL team. But its clear something needs to be imprkved to get fans to the games.
  26. Didn't we find out that the Canes co-owned the trademark?
  27. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    Never used the word "marketed" in my last post. Fraudie, if you're going to criticize what I say, the least you can do is get what I say correct.
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