Is AHL a good enough sub for NHL?

Submitted by Amin Varghai on Sat, 02/26/2005 - 22:10.

Couple of days ago I went to a Cleveland Barons game in Gund Arena. I am not what you would call a die hard hockey fan, but I had a season pass to OSU hockey games when I was a student there. I was surprised to see attendance as low as it was at the Barons game. Considering the NHL has no games this season I would have guessed there would be more Canadians in the crowd. The arena being so empty gave us the chance after a few minutes into the first period to sit by the ice behind the goal.

I know the farm team for the Sharks is not the best team in its division, but have we actually become a city obsessed with major league teams that minor leagues do not even count. When I mentioned the game to my friends, most of them asked me who the Barons were? It's amazing that we can go to a professional hockey game for the price of a movie, yet the citizens don't even know this team exists.

I say tell your friends in the surrounding towns to quit crying about their greedy NHL teams and catch an AHL game in Cleveland.

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I don't know about hockey but...

... I much prefer going to a Lake County Captains game than a Cleveland Indians game. The Captains do a great job of catering to families, and you don't have to spend $100 to keep the whole family happy.

Amin, I can't find your email right now, but here's the module I was asking about:

I'll talk to you after I get back from my trip to Europe!

Interesting observations

I didn't realize the Barons still existed. I'm not much of a pro sports fan but it is fun to see hockey in person from time to time - perhaps the problem is a few pro teams here get all the media exposure and so everything else is ignored. We should set up a COIL for hidden gems in local sports entertainment - anyone want to cover underpromoted local sports?