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Plus/Minus Arena Report: 2015-2016 Preseason

Posted by roamingtherinks on July 26, 2015 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (1)

We've decided to help arena roaming fans keep track of new arena opportunities, as well as those venues that may end up with new hockey tenants, or end up closing or vacant this upcoming season. We'll have a series of reports as the season gets closer.  For this edition we anaylze the preseason in the CHL, and check out the opportunity fans have to attend arenas in places where they otherwise may not have a chance to watch big-time hockey.  Some of the alternate venues are one-off g...

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Plus/Minus Arena Report: 2015-2016, Major Junior

Posted by roamingtherinks on July 4, 2015 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

We've decided to help arena roaming fans keep track of new arena opportunities, as well as those venues that may end up with new hockey tenants, or end up closing or vacant this upcoming season. We'll have a series of reports as the season gets closer.  This time we'll focus on the 4 best Junior leagues in North America 
 

 

WHL: Plus -   Medicine Hat Regional Event Centre     Medicine Hat Tigers

Minus-&...

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Plus/Minus Arena Report: 2015-2016, The Pros

Posted by roamingtherinks on June 1, 2015 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (2)

We've decided to help arena roaming fans keep track of new arena opportunities, as well as those venues that may end up with new hockey tenants, or end up closing or vacant this upcoming season.  We'll have a series of reports as the season gets closer, but decided we would start with the major North American pro leagues in our first report.  We'll break things down league-by-league and let you know what to expect for next season.  


NHL:   Plus &#...

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Free Agent

Posted by roamingtherinks on August 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

free a·gent

noun

a person who does not have any commitments that restrict their actions.

The phrase free agent is best known as a sports term, but will accurately describe the changes that at coming here at RTR for the upcoming season.  If you've been a reader of the site for any length of time you have probably picked up on the fact that our travel schedule has, since the inception of Roaming The Rinks, always been planned around our attendanc...

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Monkeying Around With The Zambonis

Posted by roamingtherinks on August 5, 2014 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

You're a hockey fan like I am.  You know the deal.  It's summertime, and summertime sucks.  Your Twitter feed is full on endless Tweets about random signings, and, even worse, rule changes that will make the game "safer" and less exciting.  You do have a few options in the summer though.  You could break out your LNAH fight DVD, or troll Youtube for highlights from your favorite team, or even play the movie Slap Shot or Youngblood on your computer screen.  Perhap...

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Veteran of the Game

Posted by roamingtherinks on March 2, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (1)

I am fortunate enough to have season tickets for the ECHL's Elmira Jackals, a team who makes it a point to honor local veterans, thanks to the help of the city's Ziff Law Firm.  Each game a veteran is honored and given free tickets, and introduced to the crowd during the second period, always to a standing ovation.  This is routine in Elmira, but a welcome part of the Jackals experience.  As a hockey fan who has attended hundreds of games, and travelled to over a hundred arenas...

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FUN FIFTEEN ARENA COUNTDOWN: ARENA # 1

Posted by roamingtherinks on September 13, 2013 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Arena # 1 - William Allman Memorial Arena in Stratford, Ontario, home of the Stratford Cullitons

We started Roaming The Rinks to document our journey to experience hockey at as many arenas as possible.  The ultimate prize at the end of the journey is finding a place that showcases the near-perfect hockey fan experience.  Arena # 1 on the list proves that you don't need an NHL sized arena, or NHL caliber players on the ice, to have just that.  The town of Stratford,...

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FUN FIFTEEN ARENA COUNTDOWN: ARENA # 2

Posted by roamingtherinks on September 5, 2013 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Arena # 2 - Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, home of the Johnstown Chiefs

Arena # 2 on the list is just one of those places that all hockey fans must visit.  We were fortunate enough to see the Chiefs play multiple times at this old barn, and now the fans in Johnstown have the Tomahawks of the NAHL to cheer for.  The War Memorial is nothing fancy, yet it fits the gritty nature of Johnstown to a T.  On our first visit there (before we even tho...

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FUN FIFTEEN ARENA COUNTDOWN: ARENA # 3

Posted by roamingtherinks on August 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Arena # 3 - Kitchener Memorial Auditorium in Kitchener, Ontario, home of the Kitchener Rangers

We have read on other websites how the Aud in Kitchener is "the best arena in the OHL".  This naturally raises our expectations when you hear such high accolades, and often leads to disappointment when you actually experience the venue.  Simply put, Kitchener Memorial Auditorium is all of that and more.  Experiencing a game here, with its nearly always sold out crowds and...

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FUN FIFTEEN ARENA COUNTDOWN : ARENA # 4

Posted by roamingtherinks on August 24, 2013 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Arena # 4 - Arena Jacques Plante in Shawinigan, Quebec, home of the Shawinigan Cataractes

Quebec is full of ancient, colorful, unique barns.  Arena Jacques Plante just happens to be the one that we have experienced which most closely embodied the perfect hockey fan experience.  This 1937 era art deco classic has the exterior look of a cathedral in many ways.  Its brick exterior and stately shape make it seem huge on the outside, but inside is as intimate of an aren...

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