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05-15-2013, 11:45 AM
Cyclones Rock
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Originally Posted by akacesfan View Post
The Aces have only played the Nailers three times. All three were in Alaska during the 2004-05 season, and if I remember correctly, Aces swept them.

I still have a ton of respect for Wheeling. I remember that they made a point of playing tough, hard-nosed hockey with lots of grinding on the boards. Do they still play that kind of style?
Much less hitting and fighting these days. IMO, that's a big part of the problem regarding attendance with a lot of the markets which are dying or have died.

The casual hockey attendee LOVES the fighting. I hear these types all the time. "When are they going to fight?"
Bettman hockey might work in the NHL and possibly the AHL, but the lack of fighting is really taking a toll in the lower minor league markets, Wheeling being one of those. It doesn't have to be that way.

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