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Re: Things I've learned thanks to this lockout

Postby BigMcK on Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:56 pm

If I am ever on a trivia show and an obscure hockey question is asked, I am using you for a shout out.
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Re: Things I've learned thanks to this lockout

Postby pressure=9Pa on Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:41 pm

JS© wrote:
BigMcK wrote:Was at the Ontario Reign Vs. San Francisco Bulls game last night. Thoughts and observations:

* $44.00 for 4 tickets, 4 chicken sandwiches, waffle fries and a soda.
* Didn't realize how much I missed watching live hockey until being back in a chilled arena with painted ice and professional players. Also the sound of someone being checked into the boards, skates cutting ice, and player's chirping at each other is best experienced in person.
* Not sure why teams in California are in the ECHL.
* Devin Setoguchi, with a NHL contract for the Wild at 2.75 Million plays for the Reign. Kind of wondering what he thinks about playing in front of 4,000 people instead of NHL crowds. He has a wickedly mean and accurate wrist shot. While at the same time, rookie Mario Lamoureux earned himself a hat-trick.
* Beer was $9.75 for a glass of Stella, Shock Top, Blue Moon. Stupid, crazy expensive. No thanks!
* It was really cool to see how many fans had differing Reign jersey's from different charity games.
* Before the final five minutes in the third, it turned to Fist Night, with three fights in a row after each puck drop.
* The NHL is obviously faster and competitive at a much higher level, but I'll be just fine with a season of minor league hockey at reasonable seat prices closer to the glass.


Sometime in the early 2000s, the old WCHL folded and the ECHL brought on a number of new teams. I believe the Alaska (formerly Anchorage) Aces, Bakersfield, Idaho, and Las Vegas were brought on at this time, although I'm thinking there were probably more than those four. Once those teams were brought on, the then-East Coast Hockey League dropped the full name and went by ECHL, with no meaning behind it.


I have heard that the acronym now refers to "Each Coast Hockey League", by some announcer in a tounge-in-cheek comment. I'm thinkning it was Doc, but not certain.
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Re: Things I've learned thanks to this lockout

Postby Tico Rick on Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:16 am

mikey287 wrote:Bear Trapp and Robin Big Snake, along with Yellow Horn, I believe are all of Inuit or First Nation descent that have noteworthy names that stuck with me for some reason...I think both played in the ECHL a bit...Big Snake was a WHLer a little before Yellow Horn I think...haven't heard either name come up in some time...just random musings, don't mind me...


I'm not going to ask how Robin Big Snake got his name.
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Re: Things I've learned thanks to this lockout

Postby penny lane on Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:03 pm

I can buy a great looking coat (with coupon) for less than the best seat at the consol.
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Re: Things I've learned thanks to this lockout

Postby JS© on Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:10 pm

According to his twitter page, Bear Trapp is now a former hockey player, having last played in Idaho in 2011.

Robin Big Snake was involved in a DUI accident that killed a girl in late 2010. There were rumors that the girl involved jumped in front of the truck, but I'm not spending my Saturday night digging up info on Google. Anyways, based on him being on twitter regularly since last year, I'm guessing he was cleared of charges or they didn't have enough info on the accident besides a BAC.
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Re: Things I've learned thanks to this lockout

Postby mikey287 on Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:58 am



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Re: Things I've learned thanks to this lockout

Postby Tim Thomasen on Mon Dec 24, 2012 8:32 am

JS© wrote:
BigMcK wrote:Was at the Ontario Reign Vs. San Francisco Bulls game last night. Thoughts and observations:

* $44.00 for 4 tickets, 4 chicken sandwiches, waffle fries and a soda.
* Didn't realize how much I missed watching live hockey until being back in a chilled arena with painted ice and professional players. Also the sound of someone being checked into the boards, skates cutting ice, and player's chirping at each other is best experienced in person.
* Not sure why teams in California are in the ECHL.
* Devin Setoguchi, with a NHL contract for the Wild at 2.75 Million plays for the Reign. Kind of wondering what he thinks about playing in front of 4,000 people instead of NHL crowds. He has a wickedly mean and accurate wrist shot. While at the same time, rookie Mario Lamoureux earned himself a hat-trick.
* Beer was $9.75 for a glass of Stella, Shock Top, Blue Moon. Stupid, crazy expensive. No thanks!
* It was really cool to see how many fans had differing Reign jersey's from different charity games.
* Before the final five minutes in the third, it turned to Fist Night, with three fights in a row after each puck drop.
* The NHL is obviously faster and competitive at a much higher level, but I'll be just fine with a season of minor league hockey at reasonable seat prices closer to the glass.


Sometime in the early 2000s, the old WCHL folded and the ECHL brought on a number of new teams. I believe the Alaska (formerly Anchorage) Aces, Bakersfield, Idaho, and Las Vegas were brought on at this time, although I'm thinking there were probably more than those four. Once those teams were brought on, the then-East Coast Hockey League dropped the full name and went by ECHL, with no meaning behind it.


There were more than four. Long Beach Ice Dogs, Fresno Falcons and the San Diego Gulls were part of that as well.
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Re: Things I've learned thanks to this lockout

Postby Stoosh on Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:16 pm

Still need to make it to Erie for an Otters game this year. Looking at the London game on Feb. 15th. I've watched several games via LiveStream on the OHL website, but I miss being at that building.

You guys are killing me with the ECHL talk, too. My time as a hockey fan pretty much coincided with the advent of the ECHL - back around 1988-89. I used to go to Erie Panthers games all the time with my uncle...in fact, until 1995, that was the only live hockey I had ever seen. I can remember when the league was just five teams in 88-89 and then eight teams in 89-90. Had some unbelievable rivalry games with Johnstown.
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Re: Things I've learned thanks to this lockout

Postby BigMcK on Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:16 pm

Used to go to the Ice Dogs at the garbage arena in Long Beach all the time. During the 94-95 NHL shortened season, we did weekend road trips to San Diego. Anything to get the hockey fix... Did see the original wood Zamboni at the arena a couple times. Image

Thankfully Ice Dogs ownership was given an expansion team in the Reign. Nice, new arena not in Long Beach.
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Re: Things I've learned thanks to this lockout

Postby BigMcK on Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:30 pm

The Reign have upped the stakes. $30.00 purchase = (4) four 2 for 1 tickets (total of 8) good any game for center ice seats that normally cost $26 per ticket; (8) eight 2 for 1 vouchers (total of 16 vouchers) for any game, any seat that normally cost from $12 to $26 per ticket, and and $25 gift card for a sports pub down the street.

8 tickets * $26 per ticket = $208. Those 8 tickets are bought and paid for.
16 tickets * $12 per ticket = $192. Option to purchase 16 extra tickets at whatever price level per seat that we want to spend.
$25 for pub grub.
All for $30.00

The lockout has taught me that the ECHL is a pretty darn good bargain for live hockey.
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Re: Things I've learned thanks to this lockout

Postby PensFanInDC on Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:41 pm

I learned that the NFL really is something that gets me through September until hockey starts
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Re: Things I've learned thanks to this lockout

Postby The Snapshot on Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:49 pm

I have two kids.
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Re: Things I've learned thanks to this lockout

Postby RisslingsMissingTeeth on Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:04 pm

The Snapshot wrote:I have two kids.


Now that's funny right there, I don't care who you are.
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Re: Things I've learned thanks to this lockout

Postby Lt. Dish on Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:25 pm

The Snapshot wrote:I have two kids.


:thumb:

Yours, right?
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Re: Things I've learned thanks to this lockout

Postby The Snapshot on Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:43 pm

Lt. Dish wrote:
The Snapshot wrote:I have two kids.


:thumb:

Yours, right?


One of 'em looks like me. The other looks like her Mom, so I am watching that one closely.....
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Re: Things I've learned thanks to this lockout

Postby Lt. Dish on Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:39 pm

The Snapshot wrote:
Lt. Dish wrote:
The Snapshot wrote:I have two kids.


:thumb:

Yours, right?


One of 'em looks like me. The other looks like her Mom, so I am watching that one closely.....


Ah, yes. Good man. :wink:
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Re: Things I've learned thanks to this lockout

Postby k0la on Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:22 am

I have learned that I can get a lot done when not watching hockey. Now one fully renovated living room (floor, walls, ceiling, electricity, the works) and one kitchen exactly to the wife's design/wishes I should be able to buy myself a few years of non-stop hockey (and some good food hopefully too) :)
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Re: Things I've learned thanks to this lockout

Postby BigMcK on Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:28 pm

k0la wrote:I have learned that I can get a lot done when not watching hockey. Now one fully renovated living room (floor, walls, ceiling, electricity, the works) and one kitchen exactly to the wife's design/wishes I should be able to buy myself a few years of non-stop hockey (and some good food hopefully too) :)


Shoot, keep the T.V. turned off for the rest of the season and you can add a whole new wing and level to your house. :thumb:
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