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lkenney
05-31-2013, 08:48 PM
Well, There's always WFVX/WVII. But remember, WLBZ did broadcast the Black Bears in 1992.

That was when Maine Broadcasting Company, a private family company, owned WCSH and WLBZ. They used to pay to have a nice freelance production truck come in for the games. They were bought by Gannett, which owns USA Today, shortly after I started there around 1997 or 1998. Changes things like that, not for the better.

BlackI
05-31-2013, 08:50 PM
Well this is how I see it. This team started the regular season losing 9 of 10 games. Ended the regular season going 6-3-4. The competition over the last 13 was stronger than the first 10, even at a time when competition in the league is fierce.

Having said that, the loss to graduation doesn't seem as bad as it has been in the past. So with no coaching changes, I would expect a natural improvement where a team that battled to be in the hockey east playoffs now is in the mix in the middle battling for home ice. My reasoning is that Maine may not be graduating as many losses, and they young talent can play more of a significant role. We can expect relative improvement from this logical and linear reasoning.

Now, it has been stated that Red believes heavily on off ice programs and is a stickler for conditioning. There goes some more relative improvement in the sense that I don't see how a well conditioned team would start of losing 9 of the first 10 games.

Now, I have read on here where Corkum had guys skating hard in the mid season despite Whitehead not being there. Read a blurb, not sure if it is true. And if you look at how Corkum played, he had to work his butt off to make his way in the NHL.

This combined with player accounts where they respect and like Corkum.

Now, Corkum has gone on record as saying he bleeds blue and will do everything to bring Maine back to where it should be. Also, he has the opportunity to coach elite players on a national stage with this US Hockey team.

Finally, both of these guys have had experiences with two clubs gaining success. Yet, somehow despite their involvement in both they seemingly never overlapped. But that might not mean they don't have a lot in common and more than likely they've worked with a lot of the same people.

Bobby, despite his NHL playing accolades, is still relatively unproven for a head coaching position. But because of his playing career he has a lot to offer from a development perspective. However, he has had to work under a head coach that evidently wasn't steering the ship on course for progress. And perhaps through no fault of his own received "neg rep" in part for being associated with the lack of proper steering.

Red has a ton of coaching experience and has his first shot at being the head coach. While he is familiar with Maine in general, he is inheriting a very
new-to-him" team. And Corkum can offer that continuity. In addition, Corkum evidently has the respect of the players that Red would be relying on.

All of these things, to me anyway, add up to Corkum being a very solid hire for an assistant. I think it benefits both guys. If it doesn't work out, I would have to think there is a personality conflict where perhaps Corkum is too strong of a personality to accept only being an assistant at this point. But, this opportunity can serve a couple of purposes for him - in my mind; a chance to be part of success(success breeds success), and a chance to naturally accelerate to a postion of strength where a promotion to head coach goes from being a question to a matter of timing.

For these reasons, I am optimistic that Red will hire Corkum. But given what I've read here most people seemingly don't think it is a reality. Well, I can just hope for it. But if I were Red, I would think this makes all the sense in the world - that is, to hire Bobby. And if I were Bobby - I would think this makes all the sense in the world - that is to work under Red for a while.

Thoughts?

Priceless
05-31-2013, 08:51 PM
Yeah, like share weathermen/women when someone is on vacation. I can't see WCSH giving up any NBC programming to air Maine Hockey. Never happen.

Saturday night on NBC is going to be all repeats of prime time shows and special events. Right now you're looking at five Saturdays and a Sunday matinee vs UHN. That game is scheduled for the barren TV wasteland of the week between the Championship Games and Super Bowl. There are five Friday games which WABI did not carry traditionally and probably whoever the local carrier is likely will not carry them either. Those games - particularly BU and Providence - may end up being carried by CBS/NBCSN/NESN.

BoSox3066
06-01-2013, 02:07 AM
This combined with player accounts where they respect and like Corkum.

Now, Corkum has gone on record as saying he bleeds blue and will do everything to bring Maine back to where it should be. Also, he has the opportunity to coach elite players on a national stage with this US Hockey team.

For these reasons, I am optimistic that Red will hire Corkum. But given what I've read here most people seemingly don't think it is a reality. Well, I can just hope for it. But if I were Red, I would think this makes all the sense in the world - that is, to hire Bobby. And if I were Bobby - I would think this makes all the sense in the world - that is to work under Red for a while.

Thoughts?

I like Bob.....I think what you say makes sense. I think if he doesn't return to Maine he'll be an asset where-ever he lands.

Having said that, I think we saw during the Whitehead regime that partnership and the ability to work together, off each other and listen to each other is really important in a head coach/assistant relationship......so I think its equally important for Red to pick someone that fits that bill with him.

Ma#1ne Hky
06-01-2013, 04:55 AM
Well this is how I see it. This team started the regular season losing 9 of 10 games. Ended the regular season going 6-3-4. The competition over the last 13 was stronger than the first 10, even at a time when competition in the league is fierce.

Having said that, the loss to graduation doesn't seem as bad as it has been in the past. So with no coaching changes, I would expect a natural improvement where a team that battled to be in the hockey east playoffs now is in the mix in the middle battling for home ice. My reasoning is that Maine may not be graduating as many losses, and they young talent can play more of a significant role. We can expect relative improvement from this logical and linear reasoning.

Now, it has been stated that Red believes heavily on off ice programs and is a stickler for conditioning. There goes some more relative improvement in the sense that I don't see how a well conditioned team would start of losing 9 of the first 10 games.

Now, I have read on here where Corkum had guys skating hard in the mid season despite Whitehead not being there. Read a blurb, not sure if it is true. And if you look at how Corkum played, he had to work his butt off to make his way in the NHL.

This combined with player accounts where they respect and like Corkum.

Now, Corkum has gone on record as saying he bleeds blue and will do everything to bring Maine back to where it should be. Also, he has the opportunity to coach elite players on a national stage with this US Hockey team.

Finally, both of these guys have had experiences with two clubs gaining success. Yet, somehow despite their involvement in both they seemingly never overlapped. But that might not mean they don't have a lot in common and more than likely they've worked with a lot of the same people.

Bobby, despite his NHL playing accolades, is still relatively unproven for a head coaching position. But because of his playing career he has a lot to offer from a development perspective. However, he has had to work under a head coach that evidently wasn't steering the ship on course for progress. And perhaps through no fault of his own received "neg rep" in part for being associated with the lack of proper steering.

Red has a ton of coaching experience and has his first shot at being the head coach. While he is familiar with Maine in general, he is inheriting a very
new-to-him" team. And Corkum can offer that continuity. In addition, Corkum evidently has the respect of the players that Red would be relying on.

All of these things, to me anyway, add up to Corkum being a very solid hire for an assistant. I think it benefits both guys. If it doesn't work out, I would have to think there is a personality conflict where perhaps Corkum is too strong of a personality to accept only being an assistant at this point. But, this opportunity can serve a couple of purposes for him - in my mind; a chance to be part of success(success breeds success), and a chance to naturally accelerate to a postion of strength where a promotion to head coach goes from being a question to a matter of timing.

For these reasons, I am optimistic that Red will hire Corkum. But given what I've read here most people seemingly don't think it is a reality. Well, I can just hope for it. But if I were Red, I would think this makes all the sense in the world - that is, to hire Bobby. And if I were Bobby - I would think this makes all the sense in the world - that is to work under Red for a while.

Thoughts?You make a lot of valid points about Corkum and after reading this mornings BDNews and Gendrons search for 2 New Assistants in which he has had as many as 20 Applicants...he states he would like a Older Assistant and a Younger Assistant...I guess you would have to put Corkum in the older bracket..? My thoughts were that Corkum was less then a 50% chance,but after you points of thought and reading the BDNews I think that Corkum has a lot of upside to Gendron and could very well be one of the Assistants...one thing for sure we know this Program under Gendron is working to make it better...you can see that Gendron is driven and knows that these 2 hires are so very important to his first year...so time will tell...but after the last week or so you have to feel a lot better in the direction of Maine Hockey.

Chuck Murray
06-01-2013, 10:36 AM
Bobby, despite his NHL playing accolades ...

You lost me here ...

irishfan85
06-01-2013, 10:37 AM
It said former right in the article regarding Corkum. He's done.

BlackI
06-01-2013, 11:19 AM
You lost me here ...

Good. I feel great about you being lost.

Goalieboy2000
06-02-2013, 02:49 PM
I promise you WLBZ has no HD truck. When I worked there 15 years ago, they had NO production truck, period. Shortly after I left, that place was gutted and runs mostly out of Portland.
I'm not sure if WFVX/WVII has an HD Truck, but if they do, I'm all for them airing Maine Hockey.

Pink Pony
06-02-2013, 04:45 PM
[QUOTE=Ma#1ne Hky;5733992]You make a lot of valid points about Corkum and after reading this mornings BDNews and Gendrons search for 2 New Assistants in which he has had as many as 20 Applicants...he states he would like a Older Assistant and a Younger Assistant.../QUOTE]

Any names.

Ma#1ne Hky
06-03-2013, 03:46 AM
[QUOTE=Ma#1ne Hky;5733992]You make a lot of valid points about Corkum and after reading this mornings BDNews and Gendrons search for 2 New Assistants in which he has had as many as 20 Applicants...he states he would like a Older Assistant and a Younger Assistant.../QUOTE]

Any names.Just idle rumors,nothing itched in stone...I did hear Corkum was still interested in coming back.

Priceless
06-03-2013, 06:06 PM
UM-Amherst just released their schedule. They will play 4 games in a row vs Maine. Non-conference games at Alfond 10/25 and 26, then two conference games the next weekend 11/1 and 2 at UMass.

ck1969
06-03-2013, 09:54 PM
UM-Amherst just released their schedule. They will play 4 games in a row vs Maine. Non-conference games at Alfond 10/25 and 26, then two conference games the next weekend 11/1 and 2 at UMass.
That's gross.

Ma#1ne Hky
06-04-2013, 03:36 AM
That's gross.Has Maine's Schedule been completed yet..? 20 H.E. games -- OCC games; 2 UMass/2 UVM/2 St.Lawrence/2 AIC/1 Quinnipiac/Fla Classic 1 Princeton,2nd gm either UNH or Cornell...so far that's 31 games accounted for with 3 games/opponets left...have they decided on who Maine plays @ Portland.

Priceless
06-04-2013, 04:04 AM
Has Maine's Schedule been completed yet..? 20 H.E. games -- OCC games; 2 UMass/2 UVM/2 St.Lawrence/2 AIC/1 Quinnipiac/Fla Classic 1 Princeton,2nd gm either UNH or Cornell...so far that's 31 games accounted for with 3 games/opponets left...have they decided on who Maine plays @ Portland.
I vaguely remember hearing that the game in Portland was against Army but I have no recollection of where I heard that. Homecoming is the weekend of 10/18-19 so if tradition holds, the hockey team will be on the road someplace. Vermont has that weekend open, so it could be there. That would mean the schedule would go 2@UVM, 2 vs UMA, 2@UMA, 2 vs UVM on consecutive weekends. Both teams also have 11/29-30 and 1/31-2/1 off, so the games could be then.

ck1969
06-04-2013, 08:26 AM
I vaguely remember hearing that the game in Portland was against Army but I have no recollection of where I heard that. Homecoming is the weekend of 10/18-19 so if tradition holds, the hockey team will be on the road someplace. Vermont has that weekend open, so it could be there. That would mean the schedule would go 2@UVM, 2 vs UMA, 2@UMA, 2 vs UVM on consecutive weekends. Both teams also have 11/29-30 and 1/31-2/1 off, so the games could be then.
I'll never understand why year after year the hockey team plays away games for homecoming.

Maineiak
06-04-2013, 11:24 AM
I'll never understand why year after year the hockey team plays away games for homecoming.

Last year, Maine Football play UNH at Homecoming and lost 28-21 on October 20th. The hockey team play St. Lawrence that night and lost 5-1. I should note the women's ice hockey team played that at home that day as well.

CollegeHockeyRinkReport
06-04-2013, 11:46 AM
Maine isn't playing Army because they've already released their schedule and Maine isn't on it.

Priceless
06-04-2013, 11:55 AM
Last year, Maine Football play UNH at Homecoming and lost 28-21 on October 20th. The hockey team play St. Lawrence that night and lost 5-1. I should note the women's ice hockey team played that at home that day as well.

Last year was an exception. Usually the team is someplace like East Lansing, Fairbanks or Amherst for Homecoming.

Maine isn't playing Army because they've already released their schedule and Maine isn't on it.
Good.

Priceless
06-04-2013, 12:19 PM
Has Maine's Schedule been completed yet..? 20 H.E. games -- OCC games; 2 UMass/2 UVM/2 St.Lawrence/2 AIC/1 Quinnipiac/Fla Classic 1 Princeton,2nd gm either UNH or Cornell...so far that's 31 games accounted for with 3 games/opponets left...have they decided on who Maine plays @ Portland.

Quinnipiac has an open weekend 10/18-19. Maine could also go down for a game 11/29 or 12/1 but Qpac already plays PC on Wednesday and UMA on Saturday.

Teams with one open OOC game:
Bentley, Sacred Heart, Mercyhust, Niagara, Cornell, Penn State, Ferris State. Also UML (4) and Merrimack (2).

Mercyhurst on 12/20 would be the best bet for a Portland game.