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05-15-2013, 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Cyclones Rock View Post
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.
True. Thats because these Wheeling/Elmira types have seen the other side of the coin. Wheeling the small ECHL. Elmira the old UHL. The smaller ECHL meant you played teams quite often so rivalries would develop. The old UHL was similar. Now you have roste shufling every week and more opponents on the schedule. I miss the fighting/excitement/passion. Now it's a bunch of self-righteous young pukes who think they are entitled and better than where they are at, at that moment.

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