United Hockey League

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Entertainment vs Development

Last week on hockeyfights.com I linked up to an article from the News-Sentinel about the UHL adopting the NHL’s rules and rules implementations and a team owner saying that the league is not faring well because of it.

The article’s now made the rounds, getting reactions from both Eric McErlain and Jes Gõlbez.

When the season started in October I posted another article from the News-Sentinel about this very issue (as did Eric, Jes and others).  Costa and I debated and questioned what the league should focus on: development or entertainment.

Komets owner Michael Franke answers our questions:

“There’s only one league in all of minor-league hockey that truthfully is a developmental league to the NHL, and that is the AHL,” Franke said. “We are minor leagues that are trying to create a form of entertainment for the people who live in our towns. We have to put that in the forefront. There are a very, very small percentage of players who are ever going to go to the NHL from these leagues, and we can’t be worried about that. It’s not worth sacrificing your business for some rules that turn the game into a non-interesting form of entertainment.”

It will be interesting to watch the minor leagues, especially the teams and leagues that are struggling and start to focus on entertainment.  If successful, I wonder if there will be a “trickle up” effect to the NHL.

Posted by David M Singer on Jan 24, 2007 at 05:24 PM

Monday, October 23, 2006

New Rules Good for NHL Only?

There’s been a good amount of talk recently about the trickle down effect of the “new” NHL rules to other leagues from minors to juniors to rec leagues.
Some reference: Eric McErlain, Smiley Tom Benjamin, Hockeydirt, Jes G?lbez

Blake Sebring, covering the Fort Wayne Komets for the News-Sentinel, had this to say in a piece title League risks boring fans:

It’s a good thing I had a late deadline because I just finished typing in all the penalties from Saturday night’s Komets game. I got my first blister Saturday night during the game writing them all down, and then added two more typing them in after Fort Wayne’s 8-3 win over Quad City.

Referee Jim Hawthorne called 30 penalties in the game, giving each team 12 power plays. That seems to be typical of all the games around the United Hockey League.

There might not be many UHL fans left. It was obvious at least 3,000 of the opening-night crowd of 10,058 left Memorial Coliseum very early Saturday night.

The game really wasn’t that entertaining, which is a huge problem for the league administration, owners, officials — and even the players.

The NHL is a business with a pretty solid foundation, minor leagues are not in comparison.  Penalty parades (when not from the aftermath of a brawl) doesn’t sit well with minor league fans.  Raw entertainment is where it’s at and if it’s not fun, it’s not going to last.

Posted by David M Singer on Oct 23, 2006 at 07:58 PM
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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Marc Potvin Update

According to the Glens Falls Post-Star, Marc Potvin committed suicide.

Former Adirondack Frostbite coach Marc Potvin committed suicide by hanging himself from a shower curtain rod in his Michigan hotel room, police said Thursday.

Potvin’s blood-alcohol content was nearly twice the legal threshold for intoxication when tests were performed on a blood sample in the hours after his Jan. 13 death, said Kalamazoo Police Detective Sgt. Scott Merlo.

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He was married and had two young children, but he and his wife had separated in recent months and were divorcing.

“He was going through a divorce, but he was handling that well,” Melrose said.

The police release Thursday of the manner and cause of death confirmed rumors that had been swirling since the days after Potvin died, when police said there was no foul play and that it was apparent to them how he died. They would not publicly theorize on what they believed happened, however.


Posted by David M Singer on Feb 09, 2006 at 08:10 PM

Monday, January 16, 2006

Marc Potvin

Unfortunately the only update about what might have happened to Marc Potvin is that there is no update, as there may not be any autopsy results for a few weeks.

Barry Melrose, co-owner of the Frostbite, the team Potvin was coaching, will take over coaching responsibilities for now.  ESPN’s Steve Levy is the other co-owner.

Melrose coached Potvin on the Adirondack Red Wings in the early 90s.

Posted by David M Singer on Jan 16, 2006 at 06:24 PM
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