By my calculation it's almost September, which should just be renamed to "AlmostHockey". I hope the new layout isn't giving anyone fits and I hope the normalization of the color scheme is well liked. Let's face it, that customized gold background with the green text was pretty MySpace-ish. Let me know if you have any specific problems that might be a result of some change I've made here.
I've updated the "sections" with current information and added a section. Roster/Stats is a sort of new section. I've used alphabetically arranged embeds from Eliteprospects.com. I wanted to create a stats page on my own but the amount of CSS modification and extracting current stats was really beyond my ability. I think what I've done is something useful.
I added a new section called Game Day. When this joint was going best I used to have a game day post every Friday morning with links, stats, comparisons, pump-up video and the like. I'll put a game day chat box in there as well. It will be the same chat as is in the left column but I'll make a bigger one.
You'll probably notice that I've reserved space for advertisers. I decry commerce in general and yet here I am looking for sponsors. We're all hypocritical at some level I guess. Anyway, I'll be trying to locally market this place a bit more this season. I want to provide the best possible content and having some income associated with my efforts will help provide that. If and when I do get some sponsorship I sure hope all my excellent readers (and even those of you who aren't quite excellent) utilize the services/products of my advertisers.
I stopped by the Sullivan Arena today and had a look around. They're making good progress but as with every big project there are challenges. Nothing though that should impact our first game on October 9th. The ice will have been well in place at that point. There is no new seating yet in place. There is a scattering of seats in boxes around the place so that effort looks to be starting soon. The new ice plant is pretty freaking neato. It's high pressure C02 fed in multiple into individual stainless steel piping. The design allows for a quick troubleshooting and repair of any in floor issues. We'll never see anything again like that piece of fluff working it's way through the piping a few years ago.
The color scheme is pretty conservative. It won't offend anyone. It may remind you of this or that but it's definitely going to be a more pleasant environment. I honestly was hoping to see evidence that the media table was going to be different. I haven't asked anyone or thought about it before going in there today. But now I'm curious. I haven't been to the Wells Fargo but after seeing the state it's currently in from the UAA Website I'm hoping the guys have somewhere to skate.
Going forward ... I'll comment in the next couple of days about the changes over the last couple of weeks; new verballed recruit local-kid Nolan Walker's commitment and today's goalie machinations.
After that I'll provide a class-by-class analysis of the team and talk a fair bit about each individual player. Seniors first then down the line.
Then I'll start on a comprehensive look at the league and try to honestly assess how the Seawolves might fare this season.
There is the annual roll-out with Keith Hackett and Matt Thomas on Sept. 29th. I'll definitely try to arrange some time with Coach Thomas well before that and write it up.
I'll be posting "news" as it happens in-between those various posts. I hope to have this joint back up to snuff for the whole season. It wasn't that way last year.