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Birdwatcher
05-13-2014, 04:14 PM
http://www.newzjunky.com/news2014/0513massena_hockey.htm

Saints17
05-13-2014, 04:46 PM
I wish them well, but I don't think the North Country is really a pro hockey type area. You have your St.Lawrence fans and your Clarkson fans. After that, you have your dedicated high school fans, SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam do have some locals who follow them but boy I think its going to be a tough draw. JMO

bakdraft21
05-13-2014, 06:29 PM
I wish them well, but I don't think the North Country is really a pro hockey type area. You have your St.Lawrence fans and your Clarkson fans. After that, you have your dedicated high school fans, SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam do have some locals who follow them but boy I think its going to be a tough draw. JMO what level is this going to be ?? kind of "A" ball??

DIIIFan
05-13-2014, 07:07 PM
This is going to be a tough sell for one of the smelting plants at ALCOA is closing. The only way that this might make it is if they are in the same league as the Cornwall team. Also they better do a lot of advertising in Cornwell to get the fan base there going. I really don't think they will take any draw from any of the college teams and Canton is to new to have a fan base of more than 2. The Semi-Pro team that started in Alexandria Bay actually did quite well for that was about it for entertainment for that area but they moved to Watertown. They are to far from Plattsburgh and Watertown, cities of any size of population in the US, to make it. It can be a ROYAL pain in the behind to go through customs for the Cornwall fans.
OSwego '88

Saints17
05-13-2014, 07:30 PM
what level is this going to be ?? kind of "A" ball??
From what I have read, its going to be like the Federal league. Kids out of college, looking for an opportunity to play professional hockey.

bakdraft21
05-13-2014, 08:04 PM
From what I have read, its going to be like the Federal league. Kids out of college, looking for an opportunity to play professional hockey. thats pretty much what i figured

OSUPBPMike
05-13-2014, 08:24 PM
I can't believe that arena is going to host pro hockey.

Edit: not pro... this is a prospects league

Birdwatcher
05-13-2014, 09:02 PM
I can't believe that arena is going to host pro hockey.

Edit: not pro... this is a prospects league


NAPHL NORTH ATLANTIC PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE is what it is called??

CARDS_rule_the_Burgh
05-13-2014, 09:57 PM
NAPHL NORTH ATLANTIC PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE is what it is called??

There are two NAPHLs... North Atlantic Prospects Hockey League, and North American Prospects Hockey League...

I wonder what the status of that trademark is? :P

joecct
05-13-2014, 10:04 PM
The other team is in North Adams, MA. They're playing in the same <strike>dump</strike> rink that <strike>North Adams State</strike> Mass College of Liberal Arts used to play in.

Birdwatcher
05-13-2014, 10:13 PM
There are two NAPHLs... North Atlantic Prospects Hockey League, and North American Prospects Hockey League...

I wonder what the status of that trademark is? :P

From the another website: http://www.oursportscentral.com/sports/?l_id=225

DIIIFan
05-13-2014, 10:18 PM
I was talking to the Sports Director of the Ogdensburg Newspaper, the Urinal, opps the Journal and he has heard very little about the team going into Massena. But then again the Journal is not the broad encompassing paper.
Oswego '88

Birdwatcher
05-14-2014, 12:47 AM
This is going to be a tough sell for one of the smelting plants at ALCOA is closing. The only way that this might make it is if they are in the same league as the Cornwall team. Also they better do a lot of advertising in Cornwell to get the fan base there going. I really don't think they will take any draw from any of the college teams and Canton is to new to have a fan base of more than 2. The Semi-Pro team that started in Alexandria Bay actually did quite well for that was about it for entertainment for that area but they moved to Watertown. They are to far from Plattsburgh and Watertown, cities of any size of population in the US, to make it. It can be a ROYAL pain in the behind to go through customs for the Cornwall fans.
OSwego '88I also just read in the Watertown Daily Times that the Privateers are not returning to Watertown next season....They are finalizing negotiations with a new team from a different league!! Maybe the NORTH ATLANTIC PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE????????

Russell Jaslow
05-14-2014, 07:38 AM
I wish them well, but I don't think the North Country is really a pro hockey type area. You have your St.Lawrence fans and your Clarkson fans. After that, you have your dedicated high school fans, SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam do have some locals who follow them but boy I think its going to be a tough draw. JMO

Massena had a semi-pro team back when I was in college. You didn't hear much about it. There was also a semi-semi-pro team playing out of Potsdam for a short period of time. I remember going to one of their games in my freshman year at Walker Arena against a Montreal Canadians "oldtimers" team. That of course never made it with all the college teams.

Maybe joecct remembers some of this.

hawk
05-14-2014, 08:14 AM
I had fun watching the Morrisville, VT pro team before it went out of business a few years ago. There main problem was playing in a high school rink in a low population area.

Fans can now go to a pro game in Massena and then top it off at the Mohawk casino which has a new hotel on site. Cornwell is very close just over the big bridge over the St. Lawrence.

PSUChamps2001
05-14-2014, 08:26 AM
I had fun watching the Morrisville, VT pro team before it went out of business a few years ago. There main problem was playing in a high school rink in a low population area.

Fans can now go to a pro game in Massena and then top it off at the Mohawk casino which has a new hotel on site. Cornwell is very close just over the big bridge over the St. Lawrence.

Is that next to Plattsburg where coach Emory coaches ?

OSUPBPMike
05-14-2014, 09:44 AM
NAPHL NORTH ATLANTIC PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE is what it is called??

My bad, I googled NAPHL and the prospects league came up first.

Saints17
05-14-2014, 12:12 PM
Massena had a semi-pro team back when I was in college. You didn't hear much about it. There was also a semi-semi-pro team playing out of Potsdam for a short period of time. I remember going to one of their games in my freshman year at Walker Arena against a Montreal Canadians "oldtimers" team. That of course never made it with all the college teams.

Maybe joecct remembers some of this.

If I may Russell, I believe you are referring to the Potsdam Pioneers. My father played a season or two for them. It was a "meat and potatoes" type league, from what he described the movie Slapshot isn't too far from the truth. I think they had teams in Utica and Syracuse as well.

joecct
05-14-2014, 02:51 PM
If I may Russell, I believe you are referring to the Potsdam Pioneers. My father played a season or two for them. It was a "meat and potatoes" type league, from what he described the movie Slapshot isn't too far from the truth. I think they had teams in Utica and Syracuse as well.

When I was at CCT, the Pios played (and won) in the Ottawa Valley League. There were a bunch of ex Clarkson players playing and it was not that bad.

The downside was the games were played at the Pine Street Arena which at that time had wooden bleachers and fence wire behind the nets instead of glass.

PSUChamps2001
05-14-2014, 02:53 PM
When I was at CCT, the Pios played (and won) in the Ottawa Valley League. There were a bunch of ex Clarkson players playing and it was not that bad.

The downside was the games were played at the Pine Street Arena which at that time had wooden bleachers and fence wire behind the nets instead of glass.

They played pro games at Pine? Wow....its not Tri Town / Louisville but still....