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CornwallAce
03-31-2016, 04:41 PM
AIC has two recruits before the season ends. First time I've seen this in all my years of following them. And now this news!
Coach Wright has retired.

http://aicyellowjackets.com/news/2016/3/31/-gary-wright-steps-down-as-head-ice-hockey-coach.aspx

Anyone know how to get in touch with Alex Todd who got let go by Omaha? I'd love to see him in this spot.

CornwallAce
03-31-2016, 04:46 PM
03/11/16 STEPHAN, Kyle C American International College Wenatchee Wild (BCHL)
http://bchl.ca/stephan-commits-to-aic

01/18/16 VIZZO, Billy RW American International College P.A.L. Junior Islanders (USPHL)
http://www.juniorhockey.com/news/news_detail.php?news_id=89691

manurespreader
03-31-2016, 06:53 PM
AIC has two recruits before the season ends. First time I've seen this in all my years of following them. And now this news!
Coach Wright has retired.

http://aicyellowjackets.com/news/2016/3/31/-gary-wright-steps-down-as-head-ice-hockey-coach.aspx

Anyone know how to get in touch with Alex Todd who got let go by Omaha? I'd love to see him in this spot.
Good luck guys. I'm pretty sure you will continue to get better as time goes by. I assume the new AD is going to spend more money on Hockey now.

Buckeye22
04-01-2016, 12:08 AM
AIC has two recruits before the season ends. First time I've seen this in all my years of following them. And now this news!
Coach Wright has retired.

http://aicyellowjackets.com/news/2016/3/31/-gary-wright-steps-down-as-head-ice-hockey-coach.aspx

Anyone know how to get in touch with Alex Todd who got let go by Omaha? I'd love to see him in this spot.


Good luck guys. I'm pretty sure you will continue to get better as time goes by. I assume the new AD is going to spend more money on Hockey now.

I second the good luck. AIC has always sort of baffled me in how they go through the effort of maintaining a DI hockey program, but never seemed to have any interest in winning. I have the utmost respect for any coach who sticks with the same program for such a long time, and I'm sure he was a big influence on AIC in keeping the program running, but seriously, it was time for a change. Hopefully they can turn things around to at least get to the point where they're taken seriously in Atlantic Hockey.

pinch
04-01-2016, 12:22 PM
AIC = Washington Generals

manurespreader
04-14-2016, 05:17 AM
So any idea of who the new assistants will be and how does the fan base feel about the hire.?

CornwallAce
04-14-2016, 07:25 PM
I have not heard if Stephen Wiedler will be retained or not. I would have to assume he would. Mike Towns is a graduate assistant, so unless they hired a second assistant(for the first time in my memory) he would be moving on. I thought Towns did a good job.

I would have to believe that AIC fans who went to AIC are very happy with this hire. I do not remember Lang either coaching or playing, so I don't have an opinion. I have to be honest, I was hoping for Alex Todd. I thought he could also keep the excellence in the classroom that Coach Wright brought to the team, while upping the hockey level. I think I have been shunned for having such opinions.

CornwallAce
04-17-2016, 09:31 PM
Thirds commitment:

Jared Pike, F from Sandy, Utah
http://nahl.com/news/story.cfm?id=17885

UMATTACK
04-18-2016, 12:35 AM
So any idea of who the new assistants will be and how does the fan base feel about the hire.?

As a UM hockey season ticket holder..... my-self and a few others attend A.I.C. games when UM is on the road. We love college hockey and it's D-I hockey so we may as well go, and living in the Greater Springfield area, their games are close by us. Regarding their "Fan Base," in all honesty I'd have to say ....what fan base? A.I.C. has the poorest fan following of all the D-I hockey schools. Of the 60 D-I teams this past season they are dead last in D-I hockey attendance averaging 217 fans per game. The local high school hockey teams that play at the Olympia Ice Center consistently out draw the A.I.C. crowds. Were UM fans but three of us last season actually drove to Niagara for the A.I.C. series there which AIC actually swept, and we also went to Dartmouth to watch them there. We saw almost NO AIC fans except for some parents.
I don't say this as a knock on the AIC hockey team, we actually like them. Having fewer high skilled players over the years has led to yearly losing teams. Some other draw backs for them are the Olympia Ice Center it self. Fans that do go there FREEZE their butts off. Its like going to a pond hockey game. It's definitely one of the worst, if not the worst D-I rink around. In talking to parents of players from some of the visiting teams they say the Olympia is the worst place they visit to watch a game during the season. It's just to cold and uncomfortable to enjoy watching a two hour game there. Unless your a diehard like us. But that will keep the average fan away. The College it self isn't in the greatest spot of the city of Springfield either. Springfield is one of the unsafest cities in Massachusetts per capita. To often you hear reports of gun shots in the vicinity of the AIC college.
So for whom ever is coaching this team recruiting must be a real challenge. Taking into consideration the teams annual history of losing, the location of the college it self, and the conditions of where they will play their home games, and even being in Atlantic Hockey.... which isn't the conference being eyed by the more proficient players ......all are huge obstacles when it comes to making A.I.C. a winner. But as every year, we do wish them the best.

Snively65
04-18-2016, 06:17 AM
As a Bentley fan, Olympia Ice Palace is on my list to visit this coming season. I can sympathize with AIC fans, as Bentley probably has the second worst home ice venue in D1 hockey behind AIC (some overhead heating ducts were added to the JAR a few years, nudging it ahead of the Olympia).

manurespreader
04-18-2016, 07:43 AM
I know it's bad. My sister lives in Springfield and we talk about AIC a good bit. And I know the rink is bad, but you know, it's not the only D1 unheated rink. I really hope the school starts spending more money and makes the team something you want to watch. I try to go see HC when they come there.

UMATTACK
04-18-2016, 09:51 AM
As a Bentley fan, Olympia Ice Palace is on my list to visit this coming season. I can sympathize with AIC fans, as Bentley probably has the second worst home ice venue in D1 hockey behind AIC (some overhead heating ducts were added to the JAR a few years, nudging it ahead of the Olympia).

I have read where Bentley is trying to get the okay to build a new arena on campus. That would be awesome for the Falcons. I think like in the case of R.I.T., if you build it they will come. Four of us went out to R.I.T. two season ago for their opening night against St. Lawrence and it is a great place to watch a game. Very comfortable. Attendance wise R.I.T. is the exception to the rule. The Gene Polisseni Center is the class of Atlantic Hockey. It seats 4300 and they're averaging 3359 a game. A far cry from all the other Atlantic Hockey teams. They actually are out drawing (9) ECAC teams as well as (4) HE Teams. Having a venue such as that only helps recruitment.

The Top Shelf
04-18-2016, 10:02 AM
I have read where Bentley is trying to get the okay to build a new arena on campus. That would be awesome for the Falcons. I think like in the case of R.I.T., if you build it they will come. Four of us went out to R.I.T. two season ago for their opening night against St. Lawrence and it is a great place to watch a game. Very comfortable. Attendance wise R.I.T. is the exception to the rule. The Gene Polisseni Center is the class of Atlantic Hockey. It seats 4300 and they're averaging 3359 a game. A far cry from all the other Atlantic Hockey teams. They actually are out drawing (9) ECAC teams as well as (4) HE Teams. Having a venue such as that only helps recruitment.

Touching on the Bentley rink situation... I can confirm after conversations with the several Bentley administrators that this is a priority for the school. I've seen the blueprints and spoken with the architects. It's close. Just a few more hurdles. I think it would be a huge step for the program, especially with conferences potentially shifting. As far as Atlantic Hockey goes, RIT is the cream of the crop. I think they're a natural fit for the ECAC if QU does leave HE. It's been refreshing to see a commitment for growth conference wide these past few years... with the one exception being AIC. Does AIC have any plans for steps to help grow the program?

UMATTACK
04-18-2016, 10:03 AM
The Olympia is definitely not the only un-heated rink in D-I, they all just happen to mostly be in Atlantic hockey. And the attendance results for all of them are the same, (BAD). AIC-217, Sacred Heart-243, Bentley-619, Robert Morris-861, Niagara-892, HC-1060, Canisius-1092 and they have a new rink, Mercyhurst-1283. Those are lousy numbers for D-I hockey. And I realize many of these schools may not have the resources to do what R.I.T. did. But it's these things that make it hard for the Atlantic hockey teams to be more competitive. They are not good for recruitment. and so they don't get the fans coming out to watch decent, but some times so-so hockey inside an uncomfortable venue. Even Niagara and Holy Cross have similar rinks to A.I.C. and even there's are more comfortable.

The Top Shelf
04-18-2016, 10:17 AM
I think a big problem for these schools is the fact that many of the rinks are off campus. It makes all the difference in the world. Bentley will draw 2000 to its D-II football games no problem. But only draws 600 to D-I hockey. Why? They play fifteen minutes away in Watertown. It's a lot easier for students to have a few drinks, pregame/tailgate with friends and then walk 5 minutes to a game than it is to have to plan out an entire night around getting to/from a game. "if you build it, we will come" That's the motto we've adopted in the fight for a rink at Bentley. If you build a rink on campus, you'll see a spike in attendance, no doubt. And it compounds from there. More fans + a nicer rink = more desirable from a potential recruits point of view. Better recruits = better hockey. Better hockey = more fans. But it all starts with a solid foundation... which most AHA teams lack.

Buckeye22
04-21-2016, 01:45 PM
So it looks like the Springfield Falcons leaving is a done deal. Obviously long-term Springfield will be looking to get a pro team back there in one form or another, like Worcester has. But in the short term, any chance the Falcon's departure will boost support and attendance for AIC? From the sound of things, it seems like AIC hockey is completely off the radar of most Springfield residents. I'd imagine most would probably rather just drive up to UMass or down to Hartford for the Wolfpack than support AIC. There's always a chance though. If they can't get an immediate replacement, do you think AIC could move into the MassMutual Center? Its practically in walking distance from AIC's campus (though I would advise walking in groups haha). Maybe they could at least add one or two games there to try and generate some interest. After all, bad Atlantic Hockey hockey is better than no hockey at all.

The Top Shelf
04-21-2016, 04:45 PM
So it looks like the Springfield Falcons leaving is a done deal. Obviously long-term Springfield will be looking to get a pro team back there in one form or another, like Worcester has. But in the short term, any chance the Falcon's departure will boost support and attendance for AIC? From the sound of things, it seems like AIC hockey is completely off the radar of most Springfield residents. I'd imagine most would probably rather just drive up to UMass or down to Hartford for the Wolfpack than support AIC. There's always a chance though. If they can't get an immediate replacement, do you think AIC could move into the MassMutual Center? Its practically in walking distance from AIC's campus (though I would advise walking in groups haha). Maybe they could at least add one or two games there to try and generate some interest. After all, bad Atlantic Hockey hockey is better than no hockey at all.

AIC averages about 100 fans a game, so the MMC might be a little bold. But I think the idea of finding/picking one big OOC game, hying it up BIG time and trying to get that attendance number into 4 digits would be both a realistic and beneficial goal.

Buckeye22
04-21-2016, 05:36 PM
AIC averages about 100 fans a game, so the MMC might be a little bold. But I think the idea of finding/picking one big OOC game, hying it up BIG time and trying to get that attendance number into 4 digits would be both a realistic and beneficial goal.

Ya I believe their game there this year against UMass drew maybe 750ish. Not great, but much better than what they're used to. Maybe a few more games there combined with the Falcon's absence will help generate more interest. Who knows? Maybe playing at a bigger arena closer to campus will even help with recruiting.

XCTiger
04-22-2016, 06:25 AM
AIC averages about 100 fans a game, so the MMC might be a little bold. But I think the idea of finding/picking one big OOC game, hying it up BIG time and trying to get that attendance number into 4 digits would be both a realistic and beneficial goal.

RIT does this with its Brick City weekend, the schools combined parents/alumni weekend. Promote the heck out of it months in advance and for the last5-6 years have sold out the Blue Cross Arena where the AHL Amerks play. 11000 fans makes for a great boost for the per game average attendance numbers.

boblav1
04-22-2016, 08:39 AM
RIT does this with its Brick City weekend, the schools combined parents/alumni weekend. Promote the heck out of it months in advance and for the last5-6 years have sold out the Blue Cross Arena where the AHL Amerks play. 11000 fans makes for a great boost for the per game average attendance numbers.

I made it out to Rochester to watch Lowell play in the Brick City game back in 2010-2011. What an impressive turnout and sight. They handed out orange t-shirts before the game, so it was basically a sea of orange (11k) in the arena. A fun night and a great job by RIT.