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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.