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Got to give them credit. Huge turn around!!
Even if things even out and they finish .500%, still an epic turn around.
What is the biggest difference this year? Players, Coaching/Scouting?
All of the above. The organization is run well
Great job! Fantastic to see NAHL's successful expansion into New England.
Slow your roll, big difference between winning games and the nahl being successful in NE. From what I have seen so far generals are not drawing any fans so no revenue.
NHL/USAH funnel a lot of money to the NCAA/USHL/NAHL pipeline. East coast is a battle ground and so the genrals will be well subsidized to stay here and be successful. They don't need a league or even a division here. All they need is 1-2 teams to take players from NCDC to maintain control and leverage.
To the previous poster:
Everybody loves winners, but 200 sets of eyes a game ain't going to get advertisers excited genius. Sounds like you are one of the delusional hockey dads who think youth hockey is the center of the universe. Don't complicate that too much
Like I said, not sure how involved USA hockey is but if they are relying on a gate with 200 fans and rink advertising from Sals Pizza it will be difficult. Oh boy, my head is spinning. This is way over my head.
Not complicating it and no one thinks there is a way for a junior team to make it in the northeast based upon ticket sales. Not with NHL/AHL/NCAA saturating the area. The NAHL team will be funded by USAH and kept around to weaken the Junior leagues who have traditionally been a pain in the ass to USAH. It's about control and if your not goingto threaten and not kiss the USAH ring, then they are going to come after you.
Great story, but the future of the game is not in MA, or the NorthEast, it's west boy. While the Generals run has been great, I don't thing USAH is 'defending' turf. Look at the trends and prospects, they ain't coming from out here.
Let's be honest about this 'turn around.' The previous team was built with local high school D-2 players who never actually had witnessed competitive hockey. The 'coaches' too were pretty new based upon who they drafted. anything with hockey people & players would have been better and plugging in good coaching and some higher-end players and it's totally a new program.