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So they dont own teams? Just the rinks?
this keeps getting brought up here but seems pretty meaningless. Yes they own rinks and maybe they'll purchase more. They don't seem to be doing anything for hockey in MA at this point other than owning some rinks.
The demise of the EHF...They already own more than 30% of the Orgs/Rinks in EHF and a few in the E9...Buckle up gonna be an interesting off season....
This has been brought up multiple times. Seems like they are in the business of mainly owning rinks, pools and other sporting complexes.
Ok again why buy them? Why buy the bids and then not use them? The fed ain’t going anywhere. If they don’t use them half of the kids leave and go to other fed teams and other e9 teams.
I have no idea. Just seems like every week for the past few months people are talking about big changes coming to the fed or the demise of the fed. The fed has a few really bad teams and if those haven't been disbanded yet then I don't see any big changes coming. People are apparently happy with it the way it is, I guess the good teams at the top keep it going.
Yep, sounds very Black Bear. Black Bear started by buying-up rinks in the mid-Atlantic, then moved into Illinois, Ohio, etc. ~30 total. They buy low, apply some paint (sometimes they don't even do that), then raise ice prices. With enough leverage, local affiliates are forced to play in their leagues. First it was the AHF for Tier-2 teams. For Tier-1, THF. The endgame is TBD but the more rinks and teams they acquire, the more leverage they accrue. Their tentacles reach from USHL (Youngstown) to NAHL (Black Bears) to NCDC, EHL, and several Tier-1 charters. I think the only place they've been stymied is Chicago... although they spent a mint in litigation trying to secure a Tier-1 charter in Illinois.
At the end of the day, everything will cost more: town, travel, all the way to men's league.
They may own a few rinks in their portfolio but many are just managed by them and owned by the Towns/Cities they are located in. As for programs, they own a couple of academies & the Worcester Railers/White Hawks. In other words, unless they go on a buying spree for youth hockey teams, they aren't going to "bring down the FED" or any other league.
Love listening to all the Fed chest thumpers crying....What do you think is next after you buy all the rinks and Orgs...They already own teams in all leagues...Hmmmmm ya think they start their own league ??!!! cmon people...They own more rinks than Gilmartin now...Boom then they take them down too....You heard here first...
Fwiw, the Edge Sports Group which now owns multiple rinks is in no way associated with the Edge Rinks in Bedford nor the Wizards program.
Pretty sure the end game for all of these companies buying rinks and not the teams are for cold storage... 1000s of square feet of frozen storage is more valuable to Amazon then us youth hockey patrons.
You are the dumbest person on the internet today. Congratulations. You think these rinks are insulated enough to become freezers? Ya think they would drop 17M on the Foxboro rink and kings program to then spend another 5M turning into a walk in freezer? So dumb. Honestly. So dumb.
It isn't the air in the rink that freezes the ice dummy...ever wonder why it's warm in the rinks during the summer but the ice is still frozen? so dumb.
Yeah, the crap hole in Bedford is air tight so in the summer they could crank those generators and get the air down to freezing and keep it there. So dumb.
they only bought Foxboro rink not the Kings or Spitfires. The rest of your rant certainly seems to make sense. But maybe some of the mechanics/infrastructure needed for cold storage is there but I dont know. The Canton Ice House rumor is going pretty strong right now. You would think the program (Huskies) would do something to dispel the rumor. Tryout season coming up and they are joining the BEAST league. parents must be feeling very uneasy there.