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12-15-2012, 09:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Burgs View Post
OKC is a strange case, though, in that they used to be a successful southern market - one that lost fans after moving up in league quality. The Blazers were a top CHL team in the '90s and '00s, averaging over 8,000 a game as recently as five years ago. They folded rather suddenly in 2009 and a year later the Barons started in the AHL, but in an older, smaller arena and at half their old attendance numbers. Two years later they've dropped to last in the league. Something can't be right there. Maybe ticket prices are too high because the team should be attractive to watch. They made the conference finals last season and now are middle of the pack with some top Oilers prospects.
I find lower leagues to be more enjoyable than the AHL. For one there is just too much player turnover in the AHL, also there isnt a full commitment to winning as a big priority is development of players. One of my greatest hockey fan experiences was when the UHL had a team in Danbury CT. The team was called the Trashers and the mascot was a freakin' trash can, how awesome is that? The players there were all non prospects and they were either bouncing around on different teams within the league itself but you didnt worry about the roster changing all that much. The team had it's own identity as well whereas the AHL team basically has more of an identity with it's parent club.

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