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10-28-2012, 06:01 PM
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Why isn't there a summer pro hockey league?

With the lockout I'm following the OHL and the B-Sens a lot more than in the past, and started thinking - why don't they run a pro league in the offseason, when they wouldn't have to compete with NHL fanbases? I'd love to have a summer team to follow.


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10-28-2012, 06:10 PM
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players often take breaks after the season and ignore hockey. Then they train. would be like working during you vacation.

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Yeah, hockey in the summer won't work especially when you consider those warm temperatures and their effect on the ice inside arenas.

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That's what the XFL said.

That didn't work out. It's not as huge as a factor as most would think.

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Yeah, hockey in the summer won't work especially when you consider those warm temperatures and their effect on the ice inside arenas.
Gotta deal with that in the southern climates anyway. Phoenix's winter isn't much different from Ottawa's summer.

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10-29-2012, 02:54 PM
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If not a league, then maybe a once a year tournament.

Have a short 4 country U20 summit series tournament in early August (US, CAN, RUS, SWE). Or just move the Spengler cup or the Ivan Hlinka to the summer.

EDIT: Whoops Ivan Hlinka is already in August. My bad.

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10-29-2012, 03:42 PM
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If not a league, then maybe a once a year tournament.

Have a short 4 country U20 summit series tournament in early August (US, CAN, RUS, SWE). Or just move the Spengler cup or the Ivan Hlinka to the summer.

EDIT: Whoops Ivan Hlinka is already in August. My bad.
How about it just gets televised for once

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10-29-2012, 03:45 PM
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Guys already commonly play a hundred games. I think they need the rest and recover time.

That said, what a great idea! I'd rather be inside in harsh realistic air conditioning feeling chills than outside sweating. The building is always empty, too.

I had high hopes for the inline league. It was fun to watch. Not perfect, but pretty acceptable. I think there's room in the calender for some sort of hockey in Summer.

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10-30-2012, 12:50 PM
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a lot of the players play in Greenland or play ballhockey or inline.

Also, in travellers div 1 you will see many guys or girls from Euro leagues.

I know Martin Turko plays in Soo Saint Marie as a player or goalie.

Havlat played ball hockey here in Ottawa with Hossa about a decade ago.

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a lot of the players play in Greenland or play ballhockey or inline.

Also, in travellers div 1 you will see many guys or girls from Euro leagues.

I know Martin Turko plays in Soo Saint Marie as a player or goalie.

Havlat played ball hockey here in Ottawa with Hossa about a decade ago.
That seems odd.

Also, who is Martin Turko?

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10-30-2012, 03:02 PM
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Im guessing you mean something similar to the NBA. I think its because its much harder to hockey arenas than basketball courts. Thus profits, time, effort wouldnt be worth it.

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Multiple reasons..

No one has the time for in the summer, that's when everyone travels. Because of that the market shrinks dramatically. You also have to deal with ice conditions, finding players to participate and competing with other leagues and sporting events.

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There are summer pro leagues, especially in California, just not nationally televised. There are some really nice roller blade summer leagues as well but there clearly isn't enough of a market for it to be a decent paycheque.

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After an 82 game season and playoff runs these dudes need time to rest, relax, recuperate and train.

I'd be all for it if they used prison inmates and turned it into a deathmatch type deal.

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Because HFBoards it too focused on the biggest event of the year - the NHL Entry Draft.

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Guys already commonly play a hundred games. I think they need the rest and recover time.

That said, what a great idea! I'd rather be inside in harsh realistic air conditioning feeling chills than outside sweating. The building is always empty, too.

I had high hopes for the inline league. It was fun to watch. Not perfect, but pretty acceptable. I think there's room in the calender for some sort of hockey in Summer.
Doesnt have to be NHLers.

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