I live in Muskegon Michigan which is getting a new first year USHL team, the Muskegon Lumberjacks.
I am pretty excited because I definitely was getting tired of the last 7 team IHL league we were in for the last several years.
However our towns majority of people who come to see games are those "old time hockey" fans that love drinking their beer, and seeing guys get pounded and fight, first and have them score goals second.
I've just got my first taste of the skill level recently that these kids bring to the table, but with the majority of players wearing full cages, are there really that many fights in the league?
It isn't as important to me, but I am just worried a huge amount of our towns fan-base will get bored after a while if it isn't as rough as our last "pro" league was.
Can anyone in a USHL town give some feedback?
Also I made this promo video for our teams opening night.
If you could put a comment on the youtube video about how awesome it is, that would really make me look good to the owners of the team! RIGHT ON !
If they only want fights they're not real hockey fans. Go watch UFC or boxing. Skill, speed and goals are the big focus at all levels of hockey now. Even in the NHL there's very few true enforcers left.
The USHL has it's fair share of fighters and of fights. The Green Bay Gamblers have been on top in wins and fights for the last two years running, so in this league there doesn't seem to be a decision to be made between being a skilled team of winners or a tough team of losing thugs. While fans want to see good, sjkilled hockey they also want to see fights. It ought not be an either/or.
I have been to about 70 Indiana Ice games in 4 years and there are stretches of games with no fights and then there is 1 game with 5 or 6. The officials tend to get in the way too quickly before the tempers flare. Can't wait for opening night at the ****hole Saturday night.
There are fights and once in a while a line brawl. Go to a Stars game and you will probably see a fight or 2.
The league has shifted gears these last 10 years. The USHL used to be a very physical league (Boll, Backes, and my USHL hero Nick Fouts, I was 10 at the time) but has leaned more toward the skill side of things. Its still a very fun league to watch and has gotten a lot faster.