- January 08, 2014 - 21:24
I still believe that 3/4 of a sell-out crowd ~ 4000 people consume less energy at a game sharing heat,light and cooking appliances than do 4000 people at home operating those same loads - even if they do so conservatively. How many people have to attend to make it worth while? I don't know. But i suspect that the irony of this situation lies in the fact that the games may have helped conserve more power with fans in the building than with fans at home. But hey what do I know, I'm not a VOCM caller, so I don't have a masters in electrical and civil engineering. way she goes Go Caps Go.
- January 08, 2014 - 16:47
they offered something for us to do while we have no power. Now if I remember correctly, the whole island was affected by the blackouts, all in it together.. so they offered a respite for the residents of ST. JOHNS and surrounding areas. hmmmm... sorry I couldn't make the trip from Corner Brook to the great city of Sin Jawns to bask in the glory of your contractually obligated hockey game to get me out of the cold dark and lift my spirit.. GTFO
- January 07, 2014 - 10:55
Sorry..I made an error in my reply comment. I stated Winnipeg is getting an NHL outdoor game in 2016-17. It should have read 2015-16. I apologize for this poor lack of judgement in this error.
- January 07, 2014 - 10:19
We are one of four cities in all of Canada to have a team. There are dozens of cities that are much easier to get in and out of, that would love to have this team. If other teams find us too difficult because of weather or other challenges, they complain and rightfully so. League loses confidence. We have an empty building. Major subsidies would have be paid by taxpayers to keep it with nothing happening. Both games so far sold out 3/4 of seats occupied. Sunday left my dark house & dropped daughter & husband at game. Last night got there 6:10 lots of parking, paid my $12 had a fries & Pepsi. We lost otherwise a good night. too bad negative energy can't heat homes. Wonder how many complainers have tickets?
- January 07, 2014 - 10:50
You're absolutely right. There are other cities that True North can look at when they move the team. I can think of going back to Winnipeg or moving to Saskatoon. Sioux Falls, South Dakota is another option. According to my calculations, there are just 61 regular season home games left before this team leaves. By the way did you know the NHL has awarded True North an outdoor game for the 2016-17 season. The NHL actually wanted it next season. However True North deferred because they wanted the game to mark their 5th anniversary in the NHL. Sometimes AHL teams are involved in these outdoor games and i got a gut feeling True North wants their farm team involved but a team not known as the St.John's Ice Caps.
- Just me
- January 07, 2014 - 09:44
"hope that today’s game provides a respite for those that have endured this weekend’s storm.”...... really??? I don't think it was at the top (or bottom) of their list to do Sunday afternoon. Anybody that went didn't want to see their money wasted.
- January 07, 2014 - 09:43
mmm you're not contractually obligated to put the life and safety of all residents of this province in jeopardy pal..when the electrical system is in such a precarious situation during a cold snap during a newfoundland winter. You demonstrated in no uncertain terms that you are not a good corprate citizen. Take your team and beat it out of Nfld bud..you put my family and myself at risk during this crisis in ordefr to save a few hundred thousand dollars. Is that the valure you place on our citizens?
- January 07, 2014 - 09:41
Here's my take; First off, I'd like to bring to light (excuse the pun) that while the game did take place, all unessential energy consumption was turned off, this includes; heat, scoreboard, suit advertisements and the hall way lighting. Only the essential lighting was in use; lights used to illuminate the ice surface and the energy used to control ice regulations. Now, regardless of if this game took place or not, the ice surface would still have to be maintained, so that's redundant. Taking into account a stadium full off approx 6000 + fans potentially going in groups of two, that's 3000+ pairs. If even 50% of those pairs had left their homes completely vacant, that's 1500+ homes that are consuming minimal energy during that 3 hour span. I question those who are behind the complaints. If they were presented with the option of sitting at home for a second straight evening; potentially in the dark, or venturing to an IceCaps hockey game for an evening out, I have a strong belief they would of jumped at the opportunity to leave their homes.
- January 07, 2014 - 08:53
The first thing that comes to my mind about this story is the photo. Look at all the no shows, Clearly season ticket holders had other priorities. The second thing is the phrase "contracturally obligated." I have another phrase its called "business insurance." The third thing is the callous dis-regard to Season ticket holders by the Ice Caps. Sunday's announcement was feeble at best. Finally, this is a very good story.
- January 07, 2014 - 08:45
If people where so concern, than I guess no one went to the game. If we really want to show how we feel about this we would boycott mile one...we only care about number one and because of that mile one keeps doing this
- January 07, 2014 - 08:22
They did what was the best for the IceCaps, and didn't care about anyone else. The money took priority over anything or anyone else. Pretty simple.
- January 07, 2014 - 07:53
Look beyond the asanine excuse provided by the Icecaps ownership. Ask Hydro's Dawn Dally or NF Power's Michelle Coughlan to reconcile their corporate demands for people to conserve power, go without power for days, close all schools to conserve power and ask business with power to do them a favour by turning off lights but then allow/ensure a hockey game to go ahead!!! SHALLOW PUBLIC RELATIONS. Resign ladies.
- January 07, 2014 - 07:52
There is enough anti-business sentiment in Newfoundland already. The Ice Caps are a business and it's needs should be respected. Sorry some people didn't have hydro, but you should have planned ahead instead of waiting for nanny government to take care of everything for you.
- see the light
- January 07, 2014 - 10:56
Actually, it's a highly subsidized business with taxpayer dollars. What a wonderful business model. And yes of course, how stupid of us not to have a backup energy supply to keep us warm in a situation like this. Senior citizens living alone should have at least had a generator with a couple of hundred bucks worth of fuel on standby for situations like this. Did the sarcasm get through?