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I read it's 5:30 so those working in Hartford can go straight from work to the game opposed to having to drive home than drive back.
 
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I read it's 5:30 so those working in Hartford can go straight from work to the game opposed to having to drive home than drive back.
More likely that with a game Saturday at 3:30, it affords more rest time. If they wanted the work to game crowd, 7:00 is the wheelhouse for that. Work -> dinner -> game. That formula has been working for years for basketball. Eventually, these start times in Hartford are going to be a major impairment for the program with hockey being fourth on the scheduling totem pole being both BB teams and the Wolf Pack.
 
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More likely that with a game Saturday at 3:30, it affords more rest time. If they wanted the work to game crowd, 7:00 is the wheelhouse for that. Work -> dinner -> game. That formula has been working for years for basketball. Eventually, these start times in Hartford are going to be a major impairment for the program with hockey being fourth on the scheduling totem pole being both BB teams and the Wolf Pack.

Well the Wolf Pack got the most generous schedule I've ever seen. 32/36 of their games are on weekends. That's insane because it's usually about 18-20/36. I don't see that happening again in 15-16, nor should it. UConn will have better dates/times slots next year. Almost guaranteed.
 

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Umm. Considering that there is a basketball game at 7:00, I'm more than okay with this.
 
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More likely that with a game Saturday at 3:30, it affords more rest time. If they wanted the work to game crowd, 7:00 is the wheelhouse for that. Work -> dinner -> game. That formula has been working for years for basketball. Eventually, these start times in Hartford are going to be a major impairment for the program with hockey being fourth on the scheduling totem pole being both BB teams and the Wolf Pack.
Here's to hoping they announce the on-campus barn/team facility plans ASAP!!!
 
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If the arena at Storrs is delayed or not approved, the Wolfpack will be toast anyway. They can't compete with the Huskies. THe college game is a lot better and lets face it, UConn is Connecticut's team!
 

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If the arena at Storrs is delayed or not approved, the Wolfpack will be toast anyway. They can't compete with the Huskies. THe college game is a lot better and lets face it, UConn is Connecticut's team!
The college game is not a lot better per se, but the Wolfpack do not compete at the highest level of their sport. They are a farm team competing against players no one's ever heard of and the media coverage is commensurate with the minor leagues. There's no reason to pour all your focus into a team that could be completely different in April than it was in November. NHL franchises gut their farm system when the playoffs start (See: Zuccarello, Mats. See also: Krug, Torrey and Bartkowski, Matt). There's no risk of that in College hockey. It'd be interesting to see how often the Calder Cup is won by an affiliate who did not make or go very far in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

So why are the Rock Cats popular/better attended? Because baseball is like a picnic and there is more for families to do in New Britain Stadium. Plus, concessions are cheaper. For hockey games, it's the game or nothing. There's no distractions, which is good if you want to focus on the game, not so good if your child does not.

A second factor is the Wolfpack's affiliation. It's not that there are a lot of non-Ranger fans in this state, rather than they are vehemently anti-Rangers and would forcibly root against them if they had to go. So they don't. My guess is an affiliation with a franchise other than the Rangers, Bruins, or Hurricanes would benefit the Wolfpack by at least a factor of two.
 
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If the arena at Storrs is delayed or not approved, the Wolfpack will be toast anyway. They can't compete with the Huskies. THe college game is a lot better and lets face it, UConn is Connecticut's team!
The on-campus barn was a term of HE membership, it has to get done no matter what. There is a time frame on when they need to have concrete plans and when it needs to be done....they need to get this thing done and done right. Brassbonanzaa is right in that they should replicate what ND built capacity wise.
 
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UConn hockey should be given higher precedent over the Hartford Wolfpack.

It will be interesting to find out at the end of the season who averaged a larger crowd at XL
 
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It will be interesting to find out at the end of the season who averaged a larger crowd at XL

We don't need to wait until the end of the season. We already know it's going to be UConn and by a wide, wide margin. Wolf Pack will have a little over 4,000 at the end of the season and UConn will have 6,000+.
 
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The college game is not a lot better per se, but the Wolfpack do not compete at the highest level of their sport. They are a farm team competing against players no one's ever heard of and the media coverage is commensurate with the minor leagues. There's no reason to pour all your focus into a team that could be completely different in April than it was in November. NHL franchises gut their farm system when the playoffs start (See: Zuccarello, Mats. See also: Krug, Torrey and Bartkowski, Matt). There's no risk of that in College hockey. It'd be interesting to see how often the Calder Cup is won by an affiliate who did not make or go very far in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

So why are the Rock Cats popular/better attended? Because baseball is like a picnic and there is more for families to do in New Britain Stadium. Plus, concessions are cheaper. For hockey games, it's the game or nothing. There's no distractions, which is good if you want to focus on the game, not so good if your child does not.

A second factor is the Wolfpack's affiliation. It's not that there are a lot of non-Ranger fans in this state, rather than they are vehemently anti-Rangers and would forcibly root against them if they had to go. So they don't. My guess is an affiliation with a franchise other than the Rangers, Bruins, or Hurricanes would benefit the Wolfpack by at least a factor of two.

All good points. AHL is truly just a glorified development camp where the players try to skirt injury long enough to be called up to the parent club since call-ups are inevitable.
 
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There were nine goals in tonight's AHL game in Hartford. Can you say Gong Show? Will be nice to see the afternoon UConn-BU game get a much larger crowd than the "primetime" Wolfpack game that follows.
 
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The basketball team plays Friday afternoon at 2:35 versus Dayton in the Puerto Rico Tip Off Classic

So you can watch the Huskies then catch the 5:30 hockey game.
 
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