In an article written by Don Power of CBC (www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/power-where-s-the-buzz-about-the-herder-finals-1.2581508), he states that a couple of years ago, when these same two teams played at Mile One and the Pepsi Centre, it was a great success.
Not sure if Don was on a deserted island back then because, according to all reports, it was a flop.
I know fans here (Grand Falls-Windsor) did not embrace this concept and I even cancelled my hotel rooms and tickets to the Corner Brook “home” games out of protest for losing the right to host the games here.
Since the birth of pro hockey in St. John’s, senior hockey has flourished in smaller communities such as ours, Clarenville and Gander. These types of towns are the grassroots of senior hockey in Canada not cities with a pro presence.
How can you ask fans and sponsors of a particular team to step aside after financially and emotionally supporting a team all year so HNL and St. John’s can get their hands on our products?
Don is correct that there is no buzz in St. John’s on this year’s Herder, but I can guarantee you that the Joe will be rocking here this weekend and the Clarenville stadium will be wild next weekend.
I did watch the final game a couple of years ago on the Internet from the Pepsi Centre and if there were 850 fans there, that’s about it. Mile One didn’t sell out by any stretch, as well.
So, Don, you might want to do a little research on the “success” of that Herder in the big centres. Senior hockey is alive and well in our community and others. Please don’t give HNL any other brilliant ideas about cashing in on the hard work and success of the two finalists.
Go Cats, Go!