You’ve no doubt read Admirals President Jon Greenberg and four players will shave their heads to raise money for the American Cancer Society at the final regular season game, April 10. A couple years ago, I shaved my head to support my wife in her battle with breast cancer. She started to lose her hair due to chemotherapy. I have a lot of bumps on my head, so I didn’t feel comfortable shaving with a razor. I let my wife shave it as close as possible with the clippers, then I decided to get the rest in the shower. She had a hair removal product called Veet. Ladies may know about it, men probably don’t. It’s a cream that you rub in and let sit for a couple minutes. Then, you use a plastic straight-edge, not really a razor. I thought this would be great because I wouldn’t slice my head. Well, what I didn’t count on was the toxicity of the Veet. It started to sink into my head…the smell started making me light-headed. I quickly scraped off the Veet and remaining hair. When I got out of the shower, I read the can. It shouldn’t have been anywhere near my face, head, eyes…you get the idea. So, the point of the story, shave your head to support the cause but don’t use Veet.
It’s sad in Quad City, where there seems to be no hope for professional hockey. It doesn’t appear a local ownership group wants a minor league franchise, at any level. The old Quad City Mallards of the UHL were league champions and drew well. The crowds started to dwindle before the AHL came to town with the Flames. Renovations were made to the iWireless Center and it really is a fine building. When all is said and done, the coaches will have jobs. The players don’t care where they’re playing so this doesn’t affect them. The people hurt are those in the front office and hockey, itself. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, AHL hockey didn’t work in the market and that stinks. This sport can’t afford that. I hope pro hockey returns to the area.
By the way…there is an ownership group looking to put a team in Madison, WI. The UHL was there with the Madison Monsters and Kodiaks, both of which failed. There is a rumor that the ownership group, whose parties haven’t been named, is interested in the AHL. The ECHL and IHL have also been mentioned. I’m not sure pro hockey, at any level, could work in Madison. I don’t believe it’s the “hockey town” it once was even though people perceive it to be. This deserves a watching.
Barring an unbelievable finish in the remaining games by one of his Admirals teammates, Cal O’Reilly will be the first player to lead Milwaukee in assists for three straight seasons (dating to the 1977-78 season, the first in the IHL).
By the way, O’Reilly has two goals on three shots in the NHL.
With Jed Ortmeyer’s recall to Nashville, the Admirals are left with just 15 of the 22 players on its Clear Day roster.
Congratulations to Ian McKenzie and Oren Eizenman on their first AHL goals.
Until next time…Go Admirals!!!