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Patman
05-26-2010, 07:32 PM
http://www.courant.com/sports/uconn-huskies/hc-web-rentschler-hockey-20100526,0,7713770.story

This is being spun up by Howard Baldwin. If you know my stance with UConn hockey you'll know that i'm not terribly optimistic but we'll see how it goes... I'm probably on the hook to attend this game as the date will be set far enough in advance.

sterlippo1
05-26-2010, 07:51 PM
http://www.courant.com/sports/uconn-huskies/hc-web-rentschler-hockey-20100526,0,7713770.story

This is being spun up by Howard Baldwin. If you know my stance with UConn hockey you'll know that i'm not terribly optimistic but we'll see how it goes... I'm probably on the hook to attend this game as the date will be set far enough in advance.
sorry, but a big yawn for that. i can't understand why UConn and Syracuse are not big players in D1 hockey, but they aren't. i guess they have bigger fish to fry...............if they wanted to i bet it wouldn't take too long to be in the mix with the big guys, just like football at UConn, from no where, seemingly they matter now, quickly:eek:

Patman
05-26-2010, 08:00 PM
sorry, but a big yawn for that. i can't understand why UConn and Syracuse are not big players in D1 hockey, but they aren't. i guess they have bigger fish to fry...............if they wanted to i bet it wouldn't take too long to be in the mix with the big guys, just like football at UConn, from no where, seemingly they matter now, quickly:eek:

I'm not going to bother to rehash this... I spent five years of my 20s at UConn... it ain't happening.

GoNU5
05-26-2010, 08:37 PM
Any idea/rumor of who they might play?

slurpees
05-26-2010, 09:30 PM
Only chance of a crowd is if they get BC.

kingdobbs
05-26-2010, 10:05 PM
Any idea/rumor of who they might play?

Probably someone in league, as I am reasonably sure all the non-con games UConn has for the year have already been accounted for (although I can only confirm 5 at this moment: 1 @ Maine, 1 @ Union, 2 @ RPI's tournament and the winner of Princeton-Niagara in the UConn hockey classic, as the first round of that event is typically scheduled to be a league game for UConn).

In all likelihood, it'll be whoever UConn was going to play on that date anyway, just transferred from Frietas to Rentschler.

CHFAN222
05-26-2010, 10:27 PM
If they wanted to draw a crowd then I'd say go for UMASS. BC played an outdoor game to recently. East Hartford isn't to far away from the UMASS campus and UMASS seems to have a decent following. Only other teams that I think might draw well for it are Army and maybe Air Force. Actually I would be in favor of Army or Air Force hosting an outdoor game against each other.

4four4
05-26-2010, 10:32 PM
Maybe UConn should invite Penn State or Syracuse to play the outdoor game.

slurpees
05-27-2010, 12:54 AM
If they wanted to draw a crowd then I'd say go for UMASS. BC played an outdoor game to recently. East Hartford isn't to far away from the UMASS campus and UMASS seems to have a decent following. Only other teams that I think might draw well for it are Army and maybe Air Force. Actually I would be in favor of Army or Air Force hosting an outdoor game against each other.

UConn doesn't have hockey fans, so people will show up on name value. UMass is largely ignored by UConn fans, BC will bring in people, maybe a western team like Michigan, but BC is the big one for them. Frankly, this is a terrible idea.

sterlippo1
05-27-2010, 05:02 AM
Only chance of a crowd is if they get BC.

and there is ZERO chance BC would ever do it..... no way they would ever help UConn grow it's hockey program

ESundy36
05-27-2010, 01:08 PM
Any idea/rumor of who they might play?

Local news last night was reporting Sacred Heart for the men and Providence for the women.

Nick Papagiorgio
05-27-2010, 01:39 PM
Jeez, that is going to be a disaster. Maybe they can get the Wolfpack involved? Could they sell enough tix with those two opponents to even break even for the cost of doing this?

Puck Swami
05-27-2010, 01:41 PM
It costs $250,000 just to set up the outdoor ice...

MarkEagleUSA
05-27-2010, 02:17 PM
It costs $250,000 just to set up the outdoor ice...According to the article there's an outdoor rink at Rentschler Field (which I wasn't aware of myself).


A UConn doubleheader is among the games planned for next February at the outdoor rink at Rentschler Field.

sterlippo1
05-27-2010, 02:28 PM
I'm not going to bother to rehash this... I spent five years of my 20s at UConn... it ain't happening.

if it ain't happening, why are they bothering with an outdoor game at all?:confused:

slurpees
05-27-2010, 03:36 PM
According to the article there's an outdoor rink at Rentschler Field (which I wasn't aware of myself).

Really? Am I just blind or something?

Sterlippo: You're right, there is a 0.00000000000000000000000000000000000001% chance BC does this for them. And if it's Sacred Heart, I think the question at hand would be are there more people in the stands or on the ice. This is a massive disaster waiting to happen unless they plan to also secretly return the Whalers to the ice that night.

CHFAN222
05-27-2010, 04:15 PM
Maybe this event will be where they announce their intention to move the Mens team up to HE...

Patman
05-27-2010, 05:06 PM
if it ain't happening, why are they bothering with an outdoor game at all?:confused:

I have to imagine... and this is my working theory... is this is a "hey, look at me" thing for Howard Baldwin hoping to tap into the hockey fans in the area. I think the general issue is that Hartford struggles to be something beyond a moderate sized town and this is an example of them wanting to reach out. I wouldn't look at this as a "UConn" event but rather a "Hartford" event.

I think this exercise is silly personally... but if they want to do it... hell, let them.

kingdobbs
05-27-2010, 05:28 PM
Jeez, that is going to be a disaster. Maybe they can get the Wolfpack involved? Could they sell enough tix with those two opponents to even break even for the cost of doing this?

This isn't a UConn-centric event. This is basically Howard Baldwin putting up some cash that he doesn't particularly mind throwing down a toilet and doing a giant "Connecticut likes hockey, now please consider us for an NHL team again" festival. Success or failure is all on Baldwin on this one, and he's got enough cash that he doesn't consider it a problem to pony up.

UConn's just getting an invite because it's an easy two events to put in the schedule. The more events that can be scheduled makes the cost per event considerably lower, which is probably why Rentschler is even considering it without a guarantee for an NHL matchup (even though they've not been particularly shy at putting out feelers for off-season events; concerts, US soccer, lacrosse, etc.), and increases the chance that any single event can make a small to modest profit for Rentschler.

MarkEagleUSA
05-27-2010, 06:16 PM
According to the article there's an outdoor rink at Rentschler Field (which I wasn't aware of myself).


Really? Am I just blind or something?Nope, you're not blind. Re-reading the article (http://www.courant.com/sports/uconn-huskies/hc-web-rentschler-hockey-20100526,0,7713770.story) led me here (http://www.courant.com/sports/hockey/hc-rentschler-hockey-baldwin-0526-20100526-9,0,7925022.story) where it was apparently first announced. Sounds like it will be a temporary rink.


This isn't a UConn-centric event. This is basically Howard Baldwin putting up some cash that he doesn't particularly mind throwing down a toilet and doing a giant "Connecticut likes hockey, now please consider us for an NHL team again" festival. Success or failure is all on Baldwin on this one, and he's got enough cash that he doesn't consider it a problem to pony up.In the current economic climate and with the state's finances the way they are, if this is going to happen it had better be done with private funding. There would be a lynch mob marching into Hartford if any public funds were going into a venture such as this.

That said, I just don't see how a UConn vs. anybody would be the main event. Maybe as an undercard (or afterthought?), but no way would it be #1. I don't even think a tourney with all the Connecticut D1 men's teams (UConn, Sacred Heart, Quinnipiac and Yale) would be a big enough draw.