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  • You can see Swayman becoming a leader on the team. https://twitter.com/NHLBruins/status...04258537783537

    His attitude is just move on and next game is our focus and we will be better. Good stuff. Too much energy is spent trying to focus on what went wrong… sometimes the other team just outplays you and if you dwell on it then you start playing not to lose rather than to win. I think Swayman’s head is on straight and we will see him in goal next game too.

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    • Originally posted by StillKIA2 View Post

      Someone as tough as Brendan and as willing to send a message, sure, but not a forearm shiver to the head guy, like Brendan. Bellamy was just as tough, but not dirty and never embarrassed the Maine fans.
      I had no use for Brendan.

      and I would love another Prestin! —his 2004 jersey just sold on eBay for $1000…I could not pull the trigger at that price. (Covered in Tony Voce’s spit and blood, I imagine—-I was gonna say Voce’s tears, but Tony gave as good as he got)
      you like the hit after the whistle on voce by prestin, he is one of my all time favorites btw but think Walsh was a disgrace?. 99 Never would have happened without Brendan

      I swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell.

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      • Originally posted by Sparkee View Post

        This is a good example. I wonder if ticket prices increased substantially to price out the little guy in favor of corporate types?
        I don't see that happening...price will go up at times...another live with it moment.

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        • Originally posted by 9twenty View Post

          I don't see that happening...price will go up at times...another live with it moment.
          I was asking if that happened at UNH.

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          • Originally posted by Sparkee View Post

            I was asking if that happened at UNH.
            Ok...sorry
            ...

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            • Originally posted by Sparkee View Post
              This is a good example. I wonder if ticket prices increased substantially to price out the little guy in favor of corporate types?
              Actually, this really didn't happen at the time. The seating capacity for what was eventually to be called the Whittemore Center was close to double that of the existing facility across the lobby (an addition to join the new arena to what would eventually become the Hamel Recreation Center, which occupies the previous Snively footprint), so there was a huge question mark initially regarding UNH's ability to fill those seats, and that concern probably kept any ticket price increases to a relatively modest amount. There is also a limited amount of corporate seating at the new arena - then and now - so that never really became an issue, not even nowadays.

              I'll always remember that originally, UNH's "solution" to trying to fill the delta between past capacity and 3,000 or so new seats was to run ads in the print media (the Internet was still in its infancy at the time) IN BOSTON - and quite possibly Portland? - trying to market partial season ticket packages to fans of the other Hockey East schools. Not for the first OR last time, UNH seemed to underestimate the draw of its hockey program as a revenue generator, and seemed genuinely surprised when the demand for tickets inside the 603 (and also from southern York County ME) resulted in regular full houses, and after not too long, the out-of-town ads in print media went away. And when the new arena smell wore off, it was the glory years of UNH Hockey that followed for the next decade-plus to keep the place banged out.

              An interesting aside was that for the first few years of its existence, UNH also had their Men's and Women's Hoops team playing their games in the new arena. There was some initial curiosity ("new car smell") but after that died out, the crowds dwindled, and were moved back across the street to Lundholm Gym, where they remain to the present day. So attendance was definitely tied there to quality of the on-ice/on-court product, and ticket prices were (still are) lower for Hoops than Hockey - even if UNH inherited the old original Boston Garden parquet floor and hoop stanchions (?) for its use at The Whitt, it was just another curiosity factor that went away.

              UNH did eventually get out over their skis a little too much in the early '00's when they maxed out on a multi-thousand person wait list for season tickets, and started coming up with creative/silly fee concepts too numerous to outline here, which leveraged season ticket holders to maintain their status ... and of course, when the wait list gradually melted and went away, and attendances drifted south of capacity, leverage disappeared, and to be fair, UNH Hockey ticket prices really haven't varied that much. But with inflation now in play (thanks Brandon!), and the program *maybe* on the rebound, we'll see if that changes?
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              • Originally posted by Sparkee View Post

                Where is a rendering of a new rink? I saw one for new basketball arena but not hockey.
                I believe these are the renderings he was referring to: LINK

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                • Originally posted by tylerzx2002 View Post

                  I believe these are the renderings he was referring to: LINK
                  That is decent looking since they kept the balcony, though further from the ice. It is hard to have the balcony close without obstructing the view of the scoreboard for the section below. Not sure why they prefer windows versus more seats if they extend the balcony. Fill that space with more fans. It would resemble a new age version of Matthews if it had a full overhanging balcony. I’d try to bring the balcony as close to the ice as possible.

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                  • Originally posted by tylerzx2002 View Post

                    I believe these are the renderings he was referring to: LINK
                    Yep thx - I forgot to look.

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                    • Originally posted by Sparkee View Post

                      That is decent looking since they kept the balcony, though further from the ice. It is hard to have the balcony close without obstructing the view of the scoreboard for the section below. Not sure why they prefer windows versus more seats if they extend the balcony. Fill that space with more fans. It would resemble a new age version of Matthews if it had a full overhanging balcony. I’d try to bring the balcony as close to the ice as possible.
                      To me its too modern plasticy flashy looking, doesnt fit. Not only that where its located what a traffic mess that would cause. . Also it appears to be multiuse with bball which is a big mistake.
                      Well us arm chair architects can rest and move onto something else to evaluate.

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                      • Originally posted by NorthMike View Post

                        To me its too modern plasticy flashy looking, doesnt fit. Not only that where its located what a traffic mess that would cause. . Also it appears to be multiuse with bball which is a big mistake.
                        Well us arm chair architects can rest and move onto something else to evaluate.
                        Do you have something to point to that you think is a rink you’ll be happy with?

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                        • Everyone wants more comfortable seating but no one wants to change Alfond.....lol. You can't have it all!

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                          • Originally posted by umhockey91 View Post
                            Everyone wants more comfortable seating but no one wants to change Alfond.....lol. You can't have it all!
                            I know at my age...Alfond will be my last Arena...so I will enjoy the team/program now going forward and the Rink...!

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                            • If bruins loose game 7 is Monty out?
                              I think so.

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                              • Originally posted by NorthMike View Post
                                If bruins loose game 7 is Monty out?
                                I think so.
                                Not a chance of that...that is Montgomery getting fired if losing game 7 to Leafs...

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