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Old Posted Sep 4, 2019, 10:02 PM
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I wonder how things are progressing with the arena proposal for the Ice in the RM of McDonald.
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Old Posted Sep 5, 2019, 2:32 AM
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^ Is it not under construction yet?
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^ Is it not under construction yet?
One would think a new 4,500 seat arena, just outside city limits, would warrant it's own thread. It's surprising that there is not much information on the project.
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My post was stating that the WHL is better quality than the USHL. That was the point I was trying to make. It would be a good fit for the AHL Moose.
Besides, nearly every single high ranked pick is drafted from the USNDP, a collection of "all-stars" from all over the United States. I am sure if you took the best players of the AJHL, SJHL, and MJHL, and put them on one team, they could give the USNDP a run for their money.
USHL is very comparable to WHL, NAHL is similar to MJHL/SJHL. I have a nephew who has gone through this and I've watched some of the games, I'm quite familiar with it.

USA Hockey has drastically improved over past 10 years and it hurts me to say it, but I believe their growth system for the top guys is better than Canada. ouch ouch ouch this hurts to say it.
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Old Posted Sep 5, 2019, 12:57 PM
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USA Hockey has drastically improved over past 10 years and it hurts me to say it, but I believe their growth system for the top guys is better than Canada. ouch ouch ouch this hurts to say it.
What are the main differences?
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USHL is very comparable to WHL, NAHL is similar to MJHL/SJHL. I have a nephew who has gone through this and I've watched some of the games, I'm quite familiar with it.

USA Hockey has drastically improved over past 10 years and it hurts me to say it, but I believe their growth system for the top guys is better than Canada. ouch ouch ouch this hurts to say it.
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Old Posted Sep 5, 2019, 1:49 PM
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^ Oh jets4life, you wiseacre you.

On an unrelated note, CF is teaming up with the owner of the Hamilton Bulldogs to develop an arena at CF's Lime Ridge Mall in Hamilton. I guess the Ice are committed to their facility at The Rink, but wouldn't it have been something if CF had teamed up with the Ice's owners to build a new WHL rink at Polo Park instead of out in the sticks?

Interesting to see CF going on this non-retail development tear at some of its major malls.
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Old Posted Sep 5, 2019, 6:23 PM
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^ I hope they're going to paint the wall?!
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Old Posted Sep 5, 2019, 6:46 PM
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I would think not. Season is upon us, so I wouldn't think there would be any time now.
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I know it's minor, but a fresh coat of white would have spiffed the place up, made it look a little more like the dazzling renderings. As it stands it's just going to remain that dull beige colour that permeates the entire University of Manitoba campus...

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I would think not. Season is upon us, so I wouldn't think there would be any time now.
Did they at least get rid of all the black mould in the showers?
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I noticed on Instagram today that the Ice are discounting some early season game tickets by 25%. Ice fever must be a little slow to catch on?
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Old Posted Sep 26, 2019, 7:22 PM
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I noticed on Instagram today that the Ice are discounting some early season game tickets by 25%. Ice fever must be a little slow to catch on?
I'm really questioning whether we have over-saturated the hockey market here.

I'm thinking at some point either the Ice or Moose may break and one may have to relocate. I just don't see how three teams are viable over the long term in a city of 850,000. But who knows? I may be wrong.
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I'm really questioning whether we have over-saturated the hockey market here.

I'm thinking at some point either the Ice or Moose may break and one may have to relocate. I just don't see how three teams are viable over the long term in a city of 850,000. But who knows? I may be wrong.
Ideally the Ice should have waited until they could make a splash by playing in their own purpose-built rink. Wayne Fleming is basically a community calibre arena more suited to the MJHL and it's a bit of a stretch to expect to people to part with $25+taxes and fees to go there on a regular basis, even if it is WHL hockey.

I guess the team was in a tough position since the fanbase in Cranbrook had more or less given up on the team as it was widely known that they were moving. Although with a seating capacity of 1,600 at Wayne Fleming, you have to wonder if they might have still been better off just staying in BC for another couple years.
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The Moose, with operational efficiencies from sharing most facilities used by the Jets have some pretty deep costs "covered". It isn't like there is high demand for ice time in the middle of a day on a weekday.

The Ice are doing somewhat similar where the parents of the hockey academy are essentially carrying the facilities costs for the Ice. The Ice will still need to pull in some cash to help cover costs but all those parents with deep pockets and NHL dreams for their kids will help it stay afloat.

Ultimately it isn't the Moose or Ice operations in isolation but overall what both organizations behind those teams are doing.
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Old Posted Sep 26, 2019, 8:38 PM
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^ Yeah, good point. The overhead of both clubs is dramatically reduced compared to the more typical standalone operations.
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