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  • mnstate0fhockey
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    Originally posted by Chuck Schwartz View Post
    That's absolutely criminal.

    I can't imagine growing up without a boarded outdoor hockey rink in town. Kind of makes me wonder why I was so bad at hockey considering I had one literally a solidly hit 3 wood away from my house.
    I swear, I'm going to get one built out here if it's the last thing I do man

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  • Chuck Schwartz
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    Re: UW-Milwaukee exploring adding D-1 hockey

    Originally posted by ExileOnDaytonStreet View Post
    There are quite a few little places here and there to skate, and a few get nets (which are usually chained up until really late in the day), but you won't find boards anywhere.
    That's absolutely criminal.

    I can't imagine growing up without a boarded outdoor hockey rink in town. Kind of makes me wonder why I was so bad at hockey considering I had one literally a solidly hit 3 wood away from my house.

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  • mnstate0fhockey
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    Originally posted by ExileOnDaytonStreet View Post
    There are quite a few little places here and there to skate, and a few get nets (which are usually chained up until really late in the day), but you won't find boards anywhere.
    I'd be happy with nets. Can you give me some hints on where to try? Would be much appreciated

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  • ExileOnDaytonStreet
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    Re: UW-Milwaukee exploring adding D-1 hockey

    Originally posted by mnstate0fhockey View Post
    They have literally ZERO outdoor rinks (with nets and boards) in the entire Milwaukee metro area though. I've lived here for 10 years and have spent hours looking. If I'm mistaken, and there is one, let me know

    Not a huge deal, but if you want to grow the sport in the area, I think that would be a great first step. Indoor ice is expensive. They don't need a outdoor rink in every city, but one or two on the North and South side would be great.

    This old guy would certainly enjoy having a place to embarass myself without having to dish out the $$ to rent an indoor sheet
    There are quite a few little places here and there to skate, and a few get nets (which are usually chained up until really late in the day), but you won't find boards anywhere.

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  • mnstate0fhockey
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    Originally posted by UpNorthHockey View Post
    Milwaukee does have 10 indoor rinks in the metro area as well as 10 outdoor rinks and 15 HS hockey teams. Still, that's pretty small for a metro area of its size and latitude. If you limit yourself to rinks in the city itself, you have only Bradley, Pettit, Kern, Wilson and Uihlein. Milwaukee has been growing in the area of High School hockey, but the teams aren't very competitive state-wide. Most of the elite Milwaukee kids play in the Jr. Admirals system, which is itself a punching bag in the Tier 1 AAA leagues. Milwaukee has a ways to go in developing a hockey infrastructure or culture, but I think it's improving.
    They have literally ZERO outdoor rinks (with nets and boards) in the entire Milwaukee metro area though. I've lived here for 10 years and have spent hours looking. If I'm mistaken, and there is one, let me know

    Not a huge deal, but if you want to grow the sport in the area, I think that would be a great first step. Indoor ice is expensive. They don't need a outdoor rink in every city, but one or two on the North and South side would be great.

    This old guy would certainly enjoy having a place to embarass myself without having to dish out the $$ to rent an indoor sheet
    Last edited by mnstate0fhockey; 08-15-2012, 03:42 PM.

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  • UpNorthHockey
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    Re: UW-Milwaukee exploring adding D-1 hockey

    Originally posted by mnstate0fhockey View Post
    I think Milwaukee should start by building some outdoor hockey rinks for kids (and over-age has-beens) to play some pick-up hockey

    Seriously though. It would be really cool IMO if they did add a program.
    Milwaukee does have 10 indoor rinks in the metro area as well as 10 outdoor rinks and 15 HS hockey teams. Still, that's pretty small for a metro area of its size and latitude. If you limit yourself to rinks in the city itself, you have only Bradley, Pettit, Kern, Wilson and Uihlein. Milwaukee has been growing in the area of High School hockey, but the teams aren't very competitive state-wide. Most of the elite Milwaukee kids play in the Jr. Admirals system, which is itself a punching bag in the Tier 1 AAA leagues. Milwaukee has a ways to go in developing a hockey infrastructure or culture, but I think it's improving.
    Last edited by UpNorthHockey; 08-15-2012, 11:28 AM.

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  • Lady wore Black
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    Re: UW-Milwaukee exploring adding D-1 hockey

    Originally posted by mnstate0fhockey View Post
    I think Milwaukee should start by building some outdoor hockey rinks for kids (and over-age has-beens) to play some pick-up hockey

    Seriously though. It would be really cool IMO if they did add a program.
    Tell that to Craig Leipold.

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  • mnstate0fhockey
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    Re: UW-Milwaukee exploring adding D-1 hockey

    I think Milwaukee should start by building some outdoor hockey rinks for kids (and over-age has-beens) to play some pick-up hockey

    Seriously though. It would be really cool IMO if they did add a program.

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  • jen
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    Re: UW-Milwaukee exploring adding D-1 hockey

    Gimmicks are part of every minor league hockey team - that is not unique to Milwaukee.

    Back to the topic at hand, UWM is moving the basketball team back to Klotsche, with a short-term plan of adding a practice facility (so Klotsche can be used by the students on non-game nights), and a long-term plan of adding a new on-campus arena (assumed for basketball - they didn't say it would be multi-purpose, but I suppose it's a possibility). One of the new AD's top priorities is getting a new baseball field (which it should be). Hockey not on the radar anytime soon. I haven't seen football mentioned recently, either.
    Last edited by jen; 08-15-2012, 07:47 AM.

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  • bigblue_dl
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    Re: UW-Milwaukee exploring adding D-1 hockey

    Originally posted by SCSU Euro View Post
    Lucky... is there anyway I can forfeit interacting with you?
    A good start would be to not quote him and initiate a conversation/argument.

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  • SCSU Euro
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    Originally posted by uaafanblog View Post
    You have forfeited your one opportunity to interact with me due to your heinous inability to respond in context.
    Lucky... is there anyway I can forfeit interacting with you?

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  • uaafanblog
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    Re: UW-Milwaukee exploring adding D-1 hockey

    Originally posted by XYZ View Post
    Not sure, but it's probably preferable to perennially sucking.
    You have forfeited your one opportunity to interact with me due to your heinous inability to respond in context.

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  • XYZ
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    Re: UW-Milwaukee exploring adding D-1 hockey

    Originally posted by uaafanblog View Post
    Cos 80 year old effeminate guys counting goals and students singing beer commercials is what hockey should be.
    Not sure, but it's probably preferable to perennially sucking.

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  • uaafanblog
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    Re: UW-Milwaukee exploring adding D-1 hockey

    Originally posted by ExileOnDaytonStreet View Post
    This is the exact reason I never got much into the Admirals while I lived in Milwaukee. Going to Gamblers games in GB isn't much better, but at least they mostly stick to ****ty DJ music to assault the fans' experience.
    Cos 80 year old effeminate guys counting goals and students singing beer commercials is what hockey should be.

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  • LordofBrewtown
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    Originally posted by UpNorthHockey View Post
    These gimmicks are the current staples of Milwaukee Admiral Hockey.....VERY popular with the locals.......and they add more of this stuff every year.

    There's generally a live 2 song performance from a has-been pop-star as well...usually someone playing at the local casino that weekend.

    The hockey game is truly incidental, but without this stuff, I can't say the lower deck would be even half full.

    Sorry about the "half-time" misnomer but it does remind me more of football threatrics.
    Yeah, people seem to like that and fake fights during the pee-wee skates between periods (which I have never seen anywhere else - granted that's only Kohl center games and WCHA final 5). Those truly make me shake my head (I don't see anything funny or 'cute' about encouraging pee-wee's to fight, even if fake).

    Once upon a time (80's), the Admirals drew well (easily 10,000/game) - I'm not sure what caused the decline to these depths, or if Milwaukee can ever really truly come back as a hockey town. Makes me sad, especially now that I'm back in the area, and would go to UW-Milwaukee games if they had hockey. But there's no way I see enough local support in the current environment.

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