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08-04-2004, 10:42 AM
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AHL Roadrunners move to Edmonton (article by Guy Flaming)

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article...readed&order=0

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08-04-2004, 11:57 AM
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Thanks for posting the notice misfit. It's a bit later then I had initially planned but of interest none the less I think.

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I think the timing was perfect, actually. It's been about a week since your last article, and about a week before we know Brewer's arbitration results. In a slow off season such as this one, a week between any news or articles feels like a lifetime. We have it better here in this regard than, IMO, fans of any other team. You certainly spoil us with the frequency and quality of your articles. Even in cases like this where it's not something we weren't already aware of (the 'Runners moving to Edmonton), you seem to add perspective and insight that keep us interested and get us talking about the topic at hand. These articles keep us up to date and give us something to talk about during these slow times, and for that we salute you. Cheers.

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I'm certainly interested in whether or not Oiler fans care much about the Roadrunners. I think they should, and of course everybody at HF will say they are, but for the main populace... I still wonder.

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Yeah, you're likely to see a greater interest from people on this board, but I could see the general Edmonton populace (Oilers' fans) taking to the team especially if there's no NHL hockey next year. And if you can get a good chunk of the population to check out ONE game, you have a chance of getting them hooked. Should prove interesting!

And my thanks for the article, too, Guy - all I had really read before that was the press release-type stuff that wasn't all that satisfying. It's great to get quotes from some of the younger guys who'll likely be playing for the Roadrunners at the start of the year. Keep it up - we definitely need our regular fixes of Oilers-related info to keep us going!!

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I, too, think that the RR's will be a success - because in Edmonton there is a love for everything Oilers, so for a team that here's and believes so much in it's future/youth the RR's should be able to draw a strong and more importantly passionate crowd.

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I don't. Certainly not 10,000 people. It might reach that when the NHL is locked out, but when the lock out is over, so will the attendance.

I guess what is the break-even attendance point for the Edmonton RR. Otherwise, I really don't see the RR being a long term presence here.

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You guys are lucky lucky lucky lucky.

You still get top level hockey with your prospects this season.

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Providing theres a lockout, yes, of course the RR's could get upwards of 10,000. Hockey-starved fans will definetly go check out the future players of our beloved Oilers, I know alot of people who are casual fans and they're excited about it too!

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Let's put it this way...

the Roadrunners averaged 4500 fans in Toronto with the lowest ticket price being $20.

They will draw way more than that in Edmonton for 2 reasons:

There are more Oiler fans in Edmonton, and the average ticket price will be $20, making it a lot more affordable.

I'll say they get 13000 in a lockout, 7-9000 otherwise.

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