Good points, but Maine isn’t the only one in D1 with some of these recruiting expenses.
Happy 20th anniversary! I still have one question:
Where’s my snowmobile?
20th anniversary quotes.
Quote from Bobby Stewart in Lewiston Sun Journal “I think saying it’s the recruiting and the facilities is a huge cop out,” Stewart said. “My investment was I was told I was going to win a national championship. … No offense to Maine as an accredited university, but if I’m just worried about school, that’s probably not where I’m going.”
But Stewart says the Maine hockey program may be turning the corner.
“I think Benny and Alfie are starting to find the right kids,” he said.
Guite said Maine’s recruitment now centers on finding the right fit for the program and not always the most talented player available.
And another: “I love those guys like they are my brothers,” Stewart said of Maine’s current coaching staff. “But enough is enough. It’s time to win.”
Same article, quote from Tim:
“It wasn’t enough,” Whitehead said from his office at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire, where he is the boys’ hockey coach.
“I still believe there’s no better place in college hockey to play than the University of Maine and Alfond Arena,” added Whitehead, who was the 2002 national coach of the year. “I’m rooting for them. I know how difficult it is to get to the (NCAA) tournament, let alone Frozen Fours and to win championships.”
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What?He was fired as Maine’s head coach following the 2012 season, after leading Maine to 23 victories and the Hockey East regular season championship.
That answers that question, but details would be nice.In 2014, Maine launched the Savage Challenge, in which longtime supporter of the program Tom Savage pledged to match donations up to $1 million earmarked strictly for Maine’s hockey program. It was expected to be generate $2 million by 2019.
“That goal has not been met,” Ralph said.
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Yeah Im actually hopeful Ralph will reset the athletics. Not sure it will be successful. I just hope he doesnt 100% focus on facilities as the answer.
I’m happy they printed the fan’s quote on ticket prices. They are ridiculous and hopefully get fixed next year. I also didn’t go to a game this year at the Alfond and honestly a lot of it was the schedule. That is the kind of thing Maine controls and it needs to be improved moving forward. When you go long periods of time with no home games, and a lot of weekends off in general, fans lose momentum as well.
There are some great quotes in the story.
Did anyone copy edit or fact check it?
The Whitehead firing graph is laughably inaccurate.
It also says Abbott is the only All American since 2011. Pretty sure both Shore and Hutton were All Americans.
The ticket quote isnt exactly accurate.
They have plenty of $20 seats, then you pay the $2.5 fee.
There is other seating at $50 (donor) and some $40 in the lower center sections or on the glass.
Personaly I don't think $20 is too much, but it would be interesting to see if $15 seats would bring more revenue.
The thing Ralph says about BIG schools taking hockey seriously changing the landscape ****es me off too.
Because Providence Duluth and Denver are Big 10 football money schools right? JFC
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As for ticket prices, discounts for kids seems like a no-brainer and I have long been a proponent of price specials for certain games. I've been told that isn't an option because they don't want to anger season ticket buyers by offering discounted tickets. Maybe that can change too.
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