Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Bit More On The Q

UNB Athletics Director Kevin Dickie is quoted in today's Daily Gleaner:
"I want to make this crystal clear," he said. "I'll be damned if anything is going to negatively affect all the hard work and passion and dedication and perseverance that's gone into building this program into the best program in the country...we will never, ever compromise that happening.

Read the rest of the article here.

This seems to be the response UNB fans wanted to hear. We received several emails that all suggested this story will end quietly with a "thanks, but no thanks". But it makes for good hockey talk in between game days.

8 comments:

burkie said...

Come on Freddy!..... this city needs a Q team, and it will not kill UNB hockey...... don't get me wrong Gardiner has done a great job with this program and i go to all the games but there were 1400 people at the 1st playoff game of the year.UNiversity hockey is what it is. s great brand but it is nowhere near the Q in terms of exciting hockey and a 70 game sched. Lets put Fredericton on the hockey map again.

David said...

UNB averaged over 3000 for their playoff games last year ... this year is an anomaly so far with the combination of non-standard nights (Sunday and Monday), bad weather and the fact it is Spring Break, with all of the students gone and many townies on vacation.

I'm sorry, but what I've seen of the Q over the years is NOT more exciting than the AUS, unless your focus is fights, and 19 year old NHL-bound forwards taking advantage of a 17 year old defencemen. Woo-wee.

A Q team won't beat an AUS team -- that's why they never play them. I'll give you the advantage of a 70 game schedule, but that's about it. If Rimouski never had Sidney Crosby playing for them, do you think anyone would know about that team or care about them? Is Val D'Or on the hockey map? Beauport?

Fredericton is the top CIS market in the country. I'm pretty happy with that ... as opposed to a rental Q team that will be here a few years before moving somewhere else ...

UNB Bruins Fan said...

I agree...the last thing I want in Fredericton is a Q team...

Anonymous said...

small minded hockey fans.....and David Beauport hasn't had a team in the Q in years, and as far as people knowing Rimouski there were a couple other guys that played there named Lecaviler and Richards( i don't know if you've ever heard of them) the latter put on a show at the 2001 Memorial Cup in halifax wich i have to say with was by far the best hockey experiance i've ever had,i'm not knocking UNB but this city has TO GET ITS HEAD OUTTA THE SAND.... THE NATIONAL PAPERS DON'T EVEN PUBLISH UNIVERSITY HOCKEY SCORES because other than 3-5 teams in the entire country noone really cares about university hockey whereas the CHL is a canadian institution with a national tv contract and that little thing called the Memorial cup is one of the highest rated sports programs of the year. Pease do not compare the two because there is no comparisim.

Anonymous said...

I agree. There is no comparison.

I'll take my CIS hockey any day.

Anonymous said...

It'd have to be a good deal for the city to bring jr. hockey into the city. Trouble is, the city keeps fudging on the new building. At one time, they were talking 2,500 seats. Now they're talking 1,500 seats. Talk about short-sighted. Don't these clowns realize this is a building that's going to have to serve the city for 50 years? why preclude any possibility of a major tenant coming in because of the low number of seats. That's why this city ranks No. 3 in the province because it dares not think ahead. Very frustrating. No way could it work between UNB and an outside group looking to bring in the Q. Too much BS coming from both.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

"don't get me wrong Gardiner has done a great job with this program and i go to all the games but there were 1400 people at the 1st playoff game of the year."

Ok...so if the number one ranked CIS team can only draw 1400 for a playoff game how many fickle Fredericton hockey fans do you you think would show up to watch a 21-41 (Lewiston's record this year) Fredericton Q team play their third home game in three days late in the season against another crappy team?? If they are drawing 2400 or whatever in Lewiston right now and are losing money you would have to assume they would need to average more than that (and that doesn't take into consideration the Canadian dollar being weaker than its US counterpart)...and I am weary that Frederictonions would be willing to do that 35 or so times a year...

Anonymous said...

Just for the record, there were 1683 in attendance at the first game and 1270 at the second - which, mind you, took place during a snowstorm. The only reason they played was because Acadia was in town anyway.

But you're right - this is a fickle town that won't support a team with losing record.