That's impressive for an arena that seats, what 6 plus for hockey? 7?
I'm not surprised though, from what I gathered supported the Toronto farm team avidly, then when they left, there was a sense of loss-don't know what happened with the Fog Devils, but the desire for AHL hockey is still there-good for them!
I get the iceberg reference, but come on, that's just common slang for a Tim Horton's beverage all across Canada. Don't do that please.
Besides that, good job Newfoundland. How long until the team moves to Fort McMurray? (Joke)
Traditionally, in Newfoundland hockey circles, St. John's is the homes of the Caps. As far as I can tell the ownership wants to honour the hockey history of the city and feels Caps is the way to do it. Unfortunately, that wouldn't go over well with the Caps in Washington so the compromise is "Ice Caps" since we have a thing with icebergs too... not saying I like the name because I don't, but at least its a real thing, unlike Fog Devils.
Originally Posted by Jonas1235
How hard is it to sell season tickets for an expansion team?
Wait till year two. Seems like the Winnipeg team isn't doing a whole lot in terms of upgrading their team and prospects. Could be a long year in St. Johns.
Won't be that long till these people jump ship and go back to watching junior hockey. Especially if the team stinks.
Most tickets were sold with a 3 year committment so I doubt you'll see much of a drop in year, especially with the hot economy in St. John's right now.
I've said this time and time again as well, Newfoundlanders (for whatever reason) don't get junior hockey. They never have and never will. There are 2 junior leagues in the province and they play to near empty arenas constantly. The Fog Devils were met with indifference from the outset and people didn't understand what the QMJHL was. The most common comment I heard was that it wasn't as good as the AHL. Coupled with the team's tendency to draft local talent over the best player available, which led to poor teams, they were doomed from the outset.
For the record, I love the Q. I spent my childhood in Sydney watching the Screaming Eagles so I grew up with the league. People in St. John's grew up with the AHL and that's what they want.