What I mean by that some teams act like they are club teams: they just play their games, watch the zamboni go by and go home. Perhaps 20 people show up, they get bad ice times, are lucky to get 3 scrapes during games. Now, I understand at some rinks it can't be helped, but that's where negociation comes into play by getting the rink to acknowlege the team as part of the community, and give them better opportunities.
Other teams are just on the cusp of doing what Missouri State does/has for example: Great game times, creates an atmosphere there families can come to games, along with the students. Going to a game is like going to an NHL game with entertainment, on ice promotions, cheering, and sell outs.
The idea is to get the community behind a team that wants to improve, move to a higher level and get the stigma of "club" off its back. What's interesting is that some cities have a new Junior A team come to town and they get better press than the college team that's been there forever.
I'm not knocking any "club" team....just the stigma that a "club" hockey team is not worth watching in the minds of many under educated people.
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