Ummmmmm yeah. So, about that free hockey thing in Canada. How’s that working out for all of you? About the same as it is for most free to play teams in the United states? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
So for all you dummies out there who think you can make money owning a junior team, especially a free to play team, its time to get to an accounting class.
There is no money in owning a free to play junior hockey team. Those days disappeared with 25 cents a gallon gas, $20 hockey sticks, and $25 an hour ice times.
Want to know why so many Canadian Junior A teams are charging players upwards of $8000 a year now? Its because they have to!
If you don’t pay your freakin electric bill for your house, the electric company is going to turn off your electricity! Common sense people!
So, the Woodstock Slammers in the Maritimes Junior Hockey League are officially taking a year off from the league. Officially this is a leave of absence.
Lets be honest. This team aint coming back unless some dummy locally decides he wants to blow his retirement fund on owning a hockey team because he needs an ego stroke in the community.
The Weeks Crushers in the MHL is also in danger of the same fate and can not commit to playing beyond next season.
This aint some uncommon problem in Canada either. Teams across the country are struggling to pay bills. Barrowing money from the City or County in some cases simply to finish the season.
In some cases, teams get their complete annual ice bill wiped off of the municipal books in order to keep the team alive for one more year.
Whats that say about the state of hockey? Ummmmmm yeah, well it doesn’t say that everything is good that’s for sure. It might say that the business concepts of the past just don’t work in todays world. Go figure huh?!?!?
David Wagner – The Angel Of Death – For Those Who Live Stupidly I Salute You!
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