October 16th, 2009, 05:54 PM #21
I must add that the City of Hermosa is not an easy city to get things done in and the closure lands ultimately on the hands of the City. That said it's too bad the Kings haven't stepped in to save any rinks ice or roller in LA.
October 16th, 2009, 05:56 PM #22
I know of the Lady Ducks Ice Hockey Travel Club and the Lady LA Selects Club but there still is no Lady Kings travel club.
October 16th, 2009, 06:15 PM #23
That roller rink was added to TSC almost as an afterthought. There are no places for "fans" to sit, no fans, no outside locker rooms (oh, thanks for the benches so everyone walking to the ice rink can see Ruely's half naked behind changing...), no nothing. It's just kinda there. TSC was built for the Kings and that is fantastic. It's a beautiful facililty. However, there is a difference between building a state of the art facility for your Pro team and then giving the public access to it and pulling random rinks out of the gutter and making them into state of the art facilities FOR the public's benefit.
LA Selects womens are an excellent team... out of Lakewood. No affilliation. The Lady Ducks are an amazing organization for development of women's hockey. Both organizations have sent several girls to college with full scholarships and the skills to get it done at that level. Both have done so much for ice hockey in general. The Kings, to their credit, have a fantastic Jr. Kings program, and a couple girls have made it over the years, but there is no dedicated women's program and no roller program period.
Last year, the Ducks have even gone so far in the roller world to get attached to a semi-pro roller organization across the country. Teams out of both the Corona Rink (Corona Jr. Ducks) and Huntington Beach (HB Blades) traveled all over the West Coast and tournaments in the East representing So Cal Hockey.
It sucks that with all that is being done to advance hockey in all forms and levels in Southern California the Kings just don't seem to care about it as much.
October 20th, 2009, 07:28 PM #24
In the Kings defense, their job is to sell tickets to their NHL games at Staples Center. Period. Any NHL team that sponsors minor hockey (or rinks therefore) does so because they hope to generate future paying customers. Various teams, at various points in the economic cycle (we're in a deep trough right now, in case anyone hadn't noticed), may not perceive the return on such investments the way we suppose they ought to. Don't like it? Go become rich like Anshutz or Samueli, then you can sponsor all the rinks you like.
Originally Posted by Unruely35
No offense to you intended, Unruely35. I'm just kind of weary of so many people treating large business enterprises like a money tree for every cause under the sun.
October 20th, 2009, 07:58 PM #25
You're right. Business is business. When the Ducks have all of Southern California hockey loving them for all they've invested into rec hockey and these little club players are season ticket holders in 10 years while the Kings are still trying to figure out how to make Pride equal Passion equal Power with a losing record... don't be suprised when there is extra leg room in 304.
Oh, and I'll bet your sweet ass two things. First, if I was rich like an Anschutz or a Samueli I would spend my evenings rolling around naked on a pile of $1's and second... see number one.
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October 20th, 2009, 11:11 PM #26
Of course the Ducks have established some presence in Orange County and parts of the Inland Empire, but I don't think anyone (besides Kings fans) from the South Bay thru the Valley even knows they exist, let alone loves them ..... and whatever love there is in greater OC/IE is due to their playoff successes in '06, '07, and '09, not being a white knight to local rinks (the patrons of which are a small fraction of that portion of the public that would admit to giving hockey some if it's attention).
Originally Posted by Unruely35
October 21st, 2009, 11:34 AM #27
You're right. Kings rule.