by Chuck Eckels
The Yale University Bulldogs decided many years ago that the emphasis of their University would be on academics and not athletics. Ivy League schools offer no athletic scholarships unlike other Division One Schools. This is a recruiting nightmare for any Yale coach. It is no different for former Yale goalie and Yale hockey coach Keith Allain.
While the no scholarship is no longer the burden it once was there are still very high academic standards a student must have to gain admission to the university. The final hurdle is competing with Harvard. Given a choice of Yale or Harvard, most recruits will pick Harvard. Recruiting is an issue for all Ivy League coaches. Unable to recruit the 6′ 5″ Eric Lindros types, Yale opted for the smaller guys with speed. This move paid off. The 2011 squad had 28 victories, was ranked number in the hockey polls but unfortunately the season ended much too soon.
This year at the Detroit Red Wings sale, season ticket holders were able to enter at 10am and the general public entered at 11am with phone orders starting at 2pm. In order to enter early, season ticket holders had to rsvp through a link in their email using ONLY the account holders name and only that person would be allowed in. (If you pay for 4 seats, you still only have one entry, the account holder). In line, season ticket holder IDs would be matched against the RSVP list and then wrist banded.
One large change to the sale this year was the limitation of one current year jersey per person. If you wanted another after paying, you would have to leave the store and get back in the general public line, this included season ticket holders. If you caught our discussion on our Game Worn Radio facebook stream, I anticipated that this would allow me to arrive later in the day than usual.
I showed up shortly after 8am and ended up being about 8th in line for the general public. There were about 5 season ticket holders there. Of the 12 people there, I was already familiar with 8 of them as we have all talked about the sale prior and we generally knew what everyone else wanted. It seemed the perfect time to arrive.
The Syracuse Crunch jersey auction for the 2016-17 Thirds is underway. The auction ends Monday, May 15th at 9pm. This is a great opportunity to build your collection of current and future Tampa Bay Lightning players.
To view the entire auction, head to http://www.syracusecrunch.com/auctions/ and make sure you keep hitting the “Load More” button. You can view the items as a list or grid format. Place your bids today and dont miss out!
This is the time of year that is both the best and worst time of the hobby. Teams have their equipment sales and jersey auctions. Its a great time because the jerseys and equipment we have seen the players use all year finally become available. Many collectors begin to sell items from their collections in order to finance new sales and the reports and accounts of new purchases. Mail days a plenty.
Unfortunately this time also brings out a more competitive side to the hobby and pits collectors against other collectors. Some collectors begin to dislike practices exercised by other collectors and sometimes collectors can feel disrespected by others actions, even if that is not the intent.
I find it is important to understand at this time that in addition to collecting, and those we see throughout the hobby have many other things going on in their lives that we do not know about. Every person interprets a situation differently and thats OK. What is not OK is making assumptions about truth when you do not have all the facts.
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Its that time of the year when teams start having their equipment sales. As we stumble across team sale info or it is submitted to us, we will keep you updated on the dates to be aware of.
Colorado Avalanche – May 5th
There will be an assortment of equipment on hand, including game-issued sticks, gloves, skates and much more.
Visit Altitude Authentics between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday to view the full selection of available equipment and clearance merchandise.
University of Michigan – May 6.
The University of Michigan ice hockey program’s annual garage sale will now take place on Saturday, May 6, at Yost Ice Arena. Doors open at 8 a.m. The date was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 15. Practice jerseys, new and used Nike apparel, sticks, skates and other hockey equipment will be available for purchase.” Game helmets were already sold.
Missouri Mavericks – May 6th
Rockford Ice Hogs – May 13
The Rockford IceHogs announced they are hosting their annual offseason Garage Sale and Select-A-Seat event on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will be held on the arena floor at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
Fans can get their hands on many unique IceHogs items at this year’s Garage Sale, including practice and game-worn jerseys, hockey sticks and other player-used equipment. Many items are priced below $10 for the event, and select merchandise from the IceHogs’ 2016-17 season will also be dramatically marked down on Saturday in preparation for next year’s incoming inventory.
Detroit Red Wings – May 13
DETROIT RED WINGS ANNUAL EQUIPMENT SALE SATURDAY, MAY 13 | 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM HOCKEYTOWN AUTHENTICS 1845 E. BIG BEAVER RD., TROY, MI 48083
Season ticket holder early access: One RSVP per account I.D. required at check-in Offer limited to one 2016-17 regular season jersey per person
Calgary Flames – May 27th