UConn:Design,Build & Manage New Rink

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Please let me be wrong, but count me among those who don't believe we'll see a spade in the ground come next April. Public sector construction....................................on time and on budget? Yeah, sure.

If the new arena is again significantly delayed (beyond the already significant delay), don't be surprised if Hockey East's heavyweights (BC, BU, PC, et al) start looking southwestward to replace UConn with QU. Would you blame them? I'm a dyed-in-the-wool UConn alumnus and fan, but if I were a BC, BU PC counterpart, I'd be getting pretty fed up with the broken promises from Storrs.
Absolute poppycock. They are not replacing UConn with anybody, least of all QU who was offered the 12 th slot but they preferred the ECAC. And HEA is perfectly happy with UConn’s performance. As far as facilities, Merrimack is awful, UMass and BC while large are like attending games with COVID restrictions before anyone heard of COVID. Schneider at PC seats 3000 so I doubt they knock anybody for having an arena that is too small. If we finally get over the hump and win a couple of Hockey East titles then you might see the Bostons trying to get rid of us. After all that would really upset them.
 
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So anyone know about how this can get expanded? Wasn’t that part of the plan to build small but can add on?
 
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I grew up in greater New Haven and attended many Yale hockey games at Ingalls, where student body was always behind the opposition goalie twice.
Ingalls had and has nothing on the Arena and the Blades. From a young age, more than a few fond memories of my old man reminding brothers, friends and I <many game events> were not OK and most were not to be imitated.
 
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Just how old are you? Lol.
I went to many Blades (and Yale too.....pre-Ingalls) games in the smoke-filled New Haven Arena with my dad during the fifties. Chicken wire (no joke) before plexiglass. Ray Crew, Blake Ball, "Dirty" John Brophy, Gaetan Dessureault, and the Blades' legendary player-coach.......Don Perry. Heroes of my youth. Man, did we ever hate the Johnstown Jets, Clinton Comets, Philadelphia Ramblers, etc. The Eastern League was the inspiration for the movie, "Slapshot".

FYI: I am 72, born in 1948, grew up in Branford.
 
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I went to many Blades (and Yale too.....pre-Ingalls) games in the smoke-filled New Haven Arena with my dad during the fifties. Chicken wire (no joke) before plexiglass. Ray Crew, Blake Ball, "Dirty" John Brophy, Gaetan Dessureault, and the Blades' legendary player-coach.......Don Perry. Heroes of my youth. Man, did we ever hate the Johnstown Jets, Clinton Comets, Philadelphia Ramblers, etc. The Eastern League was the inspiration for the movie, "Slapshot".

FYI: I am 72, born in 1948, grew up in Branford.
While the smoke was mostly gone and there was plexiglass, going to Nighthawk games at the Coliseum (may it's soul rest in peace, lol) was a treat in the early '80's. $5 tickets got one near the ice and the crowd was a bit rowdy, i.e. hammered. I was little, but still remember going to a game versus the Adirondack Red Wings and there must have been bad blood from a prior game as the gloves were dropped as soon as the puck was dropped. At one point, the refs had to use the team benches for players serving time because the penatlty box for both teams were already jammed pack. It was great! First time I went to a Whales game in the mid 80's, I felt that it was too classy and not much fun, LOL.
 

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Things will turn around...they always do.
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Young enough for the Arena's last few years, and still outskate many a cocky millenial.
I appreciate you all having a sense of humor...the only hockey game I ever attended at the New Haven Coliseum was my high schools state final game in 1976. South Windsor 7-0 over East Haven. So there...I dated myself as well.
 
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I appreciate you all having a sense of humor...the only hockey game I ever attended at the New Haven Coliseum was my high schools state final game in 1976. South Windsor 7-0 over East Haven. So there...I dated myself as well.
At some point in the 50s and earlier 60s, Wilbur Cross and Hillhouse had good programs pre-suburbanization in New Haven county. In the 70s, I think SW and the Easties were division 2 teams. However, SW, New Britski and Fermi and maybe Suffield were pretty much the only schools north of Hamden and an occasional New Canaan and Greenwich team which competed with New Haven county schools in most of the 70s. Gradually, ND WH and Fairfield Prep began poaching the best nearby players before the latter began going to older prep schools. No clue what's going on with CT high school hockey now.

New Haven Coliseum: Went to the 1st pre-season and regular season game and many more through the years. 1st season, the the Nighthawks consisted of players from the Islanders, North Stars, and some ex-NHL castoffs. Some favorites: Willie O'Ree (recently watched a related documentary), Glenn Resch, Billy Smith, and Garry Howatt, xxx Nystrom (or some Swedish name). Family befriended coach/GM Parker McDonald. Later years, Dead, Marshall Tucker, CBD, J Giels, and other concerts I cannot recall for various reasons. Good times, for different reasons.
 

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