If you look around the league, you’ll find a lot of teams, including the Admirals, are trying a day game. We all know that a Tuesday night game isn’t going to draw the best, so teams across the league are trying this for a variety of reasons: novelty, schools, senior citizens, etc. I hope everyone understands that running a hockey team is indeed a business. Some of this may seem like trial and error, but others in the AHL have done it and have enjoyed great receipts. Plus, the game will be done by 5 pm. Nobody thinks twice about baseball doing the old “businessman’s special”...it’s high time hockey gave it a whirl.
Let’s play already! This time of year is tough. Training camp is at hand. There’s no major free agent splashes. It’s tough just sitting and waiting.
I am anxious to head to Abbotsford. When we go on the road, I spend a lot of my time working alone in my hotel room. I truly have no idea how broadcasters did this job before the internet. That said, I do enjoy getting around in cities, especially ones I’ve never been to. I’m really looking forward to heading to Austin over Thanksgiving. I’m coming up on my fifth season with the team and I’ve spent (or will spend) Thanksgiving in Texas four times. The other time was in the Hamilton Airport on the way to Winnipeg.
In this day and age, there’s not a ton of media hanging with the athletes as there may have been before the internet and muck-raking in general. Knowing that, here’s a great testimonial on what kind of person the Admirals got in new assistant coach Ian Herbers: http://www.tribune-democrat.com/editorials/local_story_218154713.html.
I really liked the Marcel Goc signing by the Predators. When I found out it was a two-way deal, I loved it. Goc might not have put up the offensive numbers to justify his draft position (20th overall by San Jose in 2001, the highest ever German-born player selected in the NHL Entry Draft) however he was the fifth best faceoff man in the NHL among those taking more than 500 draws. He also averaged 1:28 of shorthanded time. It’s another minimum risk signing for the Preds that will only bolster the organization’s depth and will allow Nashville to place yet another quality player in Milwaukee. You can find more about Marcel and his hockey playing brothers here: http://www.goc-online.com/cms/website.php.
I’m looking forward to the next radio show on Sportsradio 1250 WSSP. On Mon, Aug. 31, Wojo and I will visit with some of the toughest hombres to ever play for the Admirals.
You may have heard Wojo say on the last Milwaukee Admirals Center Ice there will be new boards and glass at the Bradley Center this season. BTW, thanks to Brian Manthey for filling in. He’s a fantastic broadcaster and he really did me a solid.
Until next time…Go Admirals!!!