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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Moose Jaw Update

WHL player clings to life...

Warriors Announce the Garrett Robinson Recovery Fund...

In other news, I've received information that a pair of ownership groups are trying to place NAHL teams in two different Alaska markets. One would be in Anchorage, the other in the Soldotna/Kenai Peninsula area. These efforts are supported by Wasilla and Fairbanks, who would love to see a four-team Alaska division and eliminate all the travel politics and headaches from the rest of the league. We'll have to wait and see how this turns out.

Finally, it looks like I'll be cracking 200,000 readers in the next 48 hours (UPDATE: #200,000 happened at 12:51AM CDT Friday morning. Thanks to someone in Bellevue, WA). Thanks to everyone for their support. As a reminder, you can receive blog posts automatically by email by signing up here. There's also a chance I could have posts routed to your cellphones in the very near future.

Comments on "Moose Jaw Update"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:21 PM, October 28, 2006) : 

200,000 readers? Come on!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:59 AM, October 30, 2006) : 

Moose Jaw's website is reporting that Robinson has come out of his coma. There are still more evaluations to come, but thankfully, this is a huge step in the right direction.


Blogger goalie-dad said ... (7:18 PM, October 30, 2006) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:25 PM, October 30, 2006) : 

What would really make the Alaska expansion profitable is if the NAHL put a team in Denver or Portland or Seattle, as well; somewhere that would be a flight connection point between the Midwest and Alaska. Maybe if Santa Fe doesn't appreciate what they've got, that franchise could be a candidate.


Anonymous Stephen Heisler said ... (1:38 PM, October 31, 2006) : 

I have some experience on the Alaska junior hockey train...

The only market that would make sense to join the four mentioned is Whitehorse. Denver is way too far out of the loop. These four teams could easily feed themselves and cover the budget as the Alaska Division of the NAHL.

IF Anchorage was to work out a situation to piggyback off of the Aces, that would be great.

Soldotna is another story. I can tell you what NOT to do.

Do not go in under-funded. Do not make ANY local hires.

Do not sign any players that are still in High School.

Before blinking,

DO sit down and work out a business relationship with the local youth associations.

Do make real peace with the high school teams.

Do put a hard hitting CLEAN team on the ice. This is a very well educated hockey market that will support the club 130% if the product is a winner and a good example to the kids.


Blogger goalie-dad said ... (1:36 PM, November 02, 2006) : 

I live here and Stehen has hit it on the head. It would work out great if Whitehorse was able to come ino the leauge. The only local hire to recommend is the new rink mgr from Homer, who was coach for the Williams Lake (BCHL) team and coach of the year down there. You've got to have money to survive in Soldotna until you have proven to be a winner ( no more Chinooks). Your going to have to regain the community respect back.


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