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12-15-2006, 04:53 AM
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Rangers looking to buy&move an ECHL to Brooklyn

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The Rangers are investigating the purchase of an East Coast Hockey League team that would play at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, possibly as early as next season, Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan and Steve Mills, president of MSG Sports, said last night.

"There's an opportunity for us to control the entire pipeline of the players more fully and we think there's an opportunity to extend the Rangers' presence," Mills said. Last month, the Garden entered a deal with the owners of a 25-acre sports complex at the site which has two rinks, one of which can hold about 2,300 people
http://www.newsday.com/sports/printe...y-sports-print

Which ECHL team is for sale?

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The Rangers and the Charlotte Checkers only have a one year working agreement-2006-07.So the opportunity is there for an ECHL team in Brooklyn as soon as next season-2007-08

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That arena is way too small for pro hockey, even at the ECHL level.

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Unless some big young player was sent down, like Jessiman was, I'd really have no interest in seeing an ECHL game.

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that would be awesome!!!`

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Unless some big young player was sent down, like Jessiman was, I'd really have no interest in seeing an ECHL game.
i concur..

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Hockey in Brooklyn baby, I love it.

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very cool, i would go

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and is this on top of moving the Wolfpack there too?

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Unless some big young player was sent down, like Jessiman was, I'd really have no interest in seeing an ECHL game.
I used to say the same thing until the Trenton Titans moved to Jersey when I was living there(I wrote their first article on HF

My best friend at work had tix up against the glass and i have to admit it was alot of fun. Plus they play some college games at that rink.

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People take "the coast" way too lightly. It is not the joke league that it once was. Good college and junior players routinely get cut (Gino Guyer from Minnesota, Karl Gagne from QMJHL). For significantly cheaper tickets, it is not a bad time.

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Which ECHL team is for sale?
Several. Picking up a franchise would be beer money for The Garden.

The New York Rovers

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This would be fantastic. I'd love to be able to drive over to Brooklyn to see a game and then maybe go to a show or something.

Great idea.

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Two things.
1. To Newsday: the league hasn't been called the East Coast Hockey League for three years. They include this fact in all their press releases.
2. 2,300 is far smaller than buildings in the rest of the league. Unless the Rangers are simply planning to take a financial hit to do this, I wonder how it could be viable.

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Two things.
1. To Newsday: the league hasn't been called the East Coast Hockey League for three years. They include this fact in all their press releases.
2. 2,300 is far smaller than buildings in the rest of the league. Unless the Rangers are simply planning to take a financial hit to do this, I wonder how it could be viable.
I don't think that the Rangers are at all concerned about the finances of it all.

Also, I think that they'd like to see packed houses rather than half empty buildings also. Makes for a really nice environment.

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Two things.
1. To Newsday: the league hasn't been called the East Coast Hockey League for three years. They include this fact in all their press releases.
2. 2,300 is far smaller than buildings in the rest of the league. Unless the Rangers are simply planning to take a financial hit to do this, I wonder how it could be viable.
So what do they call that league if not the ECHL?

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even if it is ECHL.. just to see a team playing with BROOKLYN on their jerseys would be sick. I initially thought they might bring the Wolfpack to brooklyn no?

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So what do they call that league if not the ECHL?
I said the same thing, and then I looked on their site and it says they changed their name "from the East Coast Hockey league to just the ECHL". It doesn't even stand for anything. That is the officially the dumbest thing I've ever heard. It'll always be the East Coast League in my mind.

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This would be fantastic. I'd love to be able to drive over to Brooklyn to see a game and then maybe go to a show or something.

Great idea.
forget a show.....think pizza and beer....lots of beer....

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I said the same thing, and then I looked on their site and it says they changed their name "from the East Coast Hockey league to just the ECHL". It doesn't even stand for anything. That is the officially the dumbest thing I've ever heard. It'll always be the East Coast League in my mind.
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Cool. Prucha will finally have a place to play.

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forget a show.....think pizza and beer....lots of beer....
Is that what I need when I watch Rangers prospects play and feel sorry for them that they'll never see a game? Drink away my sorrows for them?

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Cool. Prucha will finally have a place to play.
so true

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Two things.
1. To Newsday: the league hasn't been called the East Coast Hockey League for three years. They include this fact in all their press releases.
2. 2,300 is far smaller than buildings in the rest of the league. Unless the Rangers are simply planning to take a financial hit to do this, I wonder how it could be viable.
Here are some stats to think about (from echl.com website):

ECHL average attendance this season: 4022
Highest average attendance this season: 6642 (Stockton Thunder)
Lowest average attendance this season: 1661 (Cincinnati Cyclones)
Charlotte Checkers (Rangers affiliate) average attendance this season: 5491

2300 max. capacity is pretty poor even by ECHL standards and for the potential market in Brooklyn. I believe that an arena seating between 3000 to 4000 seats would be ideal. Wikipedia has Brooklyn having 2.5 million inhabitants...I'm sure there are enough "locals" that would support their borough's team.

Anybody know if the Aviator Complex can be enlarged?

N.B.: Just for laughs... 591 people attended Cincinnati's home game last night

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wait.. arent they building a new arena?

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