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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Tuesday News

The IceDogs have finally been sold. It appears they are headed to St. Catharines, but the sale and relocation need to be approved first by the league. Given issues with the arena in St. Catharines, I'm not convinced approval is a given...

Saskatoon Blades slice up scouting staff on eve of bantam draft...

More on the firing of Bowkus in Indianapolis...

The USHL has announced their award winners for 2006-07. Congrats to Mike Hastings for being named GM of the year for the fourth time, Michael Schupay of Indiana for being named Executive of the Year, and Doug Miller for leading the Waterloo Blackhawks to their third Organization of the Year award in the last five years...

If anyone needs a good giggle, WHA CEO Rickey Smith will be on the radio tomorrow night, presumably to tell the world why adding Fort Vancouver is a good thing...

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:34 PM, April 17, 2007) : 

The WHA created the WHA Junior West Hockey League to promote the sport of hockey. The Junior West Hockey League is an alternative, community based league for highly skilled junior players, and is designed to promote high standards of sportsmanship in hockey. The 2007-2008 season will feature an expansion from six to 16 teams and will see the WHA firmly established in British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwestern United States.

MARC, ANY IDEA ON WHO THE OTHER TEAMS MAY BE IN THIS EXPANSION - ASIDE FROM RUMORS OF FT VAN?

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:09 PM, April 17, 2007) : 

You're wasting your time looking for WHA info on a hockey board. The coverage is too shallow. Go to a stock market board like Stockwatch or IHUB. Those guys have REALLY done the research and they've got the WHA bashers looking like fools.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:46 PM, April 17, 2007) : 

Who is this clown Bill Burke. He's telling the Papers he's got the team but no arena deal. If he doen't have a lease at a good arena then forget about him buying the team.

Look for North Bay to get the team. City is also willing to update the arena in town.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:55 PM, April 17, 2007) : 

Forgive my ignorance, but I don't understand the post about the Stock Watch. For curiosities sake, I went there and found out that the stock is trading at just over .01/share. Now, I'm no Bill Gates, but I'm fairly certain that is nothing to write home about. And, besides, what does the stock performance have to do with the quality of the league. And, finally, I looked at some of the rosters. There are players on those teams from all over the place. What is this "community based" stuff?

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:10 PM, April 17, 2007) : 

Bill Burke is a very well respected Toronto businessman. He has been involved in hockey for a long time. He most likely has a deal in place or he wouldn't release anything.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:00 PM, April 17, 2007) : 

...so are you telling me that Bill Burke has an 'interest' in buying the Ft Vancouver team?

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:06 AM, April 18, 2007) : 

Re WHA and Stockwatch: a thorough reading of the information there shows that the WHA share price was allegedly shorted in a fraudulent manner by the company they retained to manage their finances. The price went from $0.40 to $0.0002 before this action was discovered and halted. The WHA says unauthorized share certificates were drawn and sold to flood the market, causing the drop (with tho perpetrators making a huge profit on the short sell). The parties the WHA is suing have assets and performance bonds posted, so being awarded damages in the millions are possible.

This is causing investors to make the stock a major play. For example, if you put in $1000 when it was at $0.004 in early March, you would have had a $2000 profit yesterday, when it closed at $0.012. If the courts and/or the SEC force a buyback from the offending companies, legal precedents show the enforced price will be around $0.40, which could be a bonanza for shareholders. If a settlement occurs before that, the return should still be very attractive.

(Note: this is not stock advice and all actions in the market are speculative. Anyone entering the market should do their own research and make their own decisions.)

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:03 PM, April 18, 2007) : 

http://slapshotricky.blogspot.com/

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:35 PM, April 18, 2007) : 

Based on what Ricky is saying on his interview on stockwatch, Fort Van will be announced on Friday the 20th. The will keep their name and logo as he is stating their record and history of success as a key factor.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:04 AM, April 19, 2007) : 

He also said that the WHA would announce other new members from the state of Washington. Could it be that one or more Norpac teams are also jumping with Fort Vancouver?

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:42 AM, April 19, 2007) : 

I guess everyone waits one more day to see.

In the meantime, what are the pros & cons in playing in the WHA?

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:28 PM, April 20, 2007) : 

Sounds like most of the Pacific Division of the Norpac, if not all of it, is jumping to the WHA. So, opinions on the pros and cons could be an interesting topic of discussion.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:53 PM, April 20, 2007) : 

..let's open it up - pros and cons, anyone??

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:48 PM, April 25, 2007) : 

Where's the Beef? I guess the old commerical is the most appropriate for Ricky Smith of the WHA. He promised Major announcements by Friday 4-20. Then it was posted that it would be on Tuesday 4-24. Still no announcements! Rumor has it that he now wants players to pay $10K - $15K for the privilege of playing in the WHA. What a crock! How can Ft. Van compete at that rate? They might only be able to hand out 5 or 6 scholarships. I guess the NorPac really can compete with the WHA and possibly keep most of their teams.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:48 PM, April 27, 2007) : 

Maybe he is negotiating!*& --there is no way families will shell out that kind of money, if there is any truth to that rumor. NORPAC cost is half that, if not more. How smart a move would that be to jump ship to join the WHA? NORPAC meetings are next weekend.

 

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