1) Real attendance no more than 800..... Crowd was enthusiastic at goals and fights.
2) Quality of Play......A huge step down from the CHL. Skill sets of players not even close to comparable to CHL/ECHL Dayton teams in any ways. Will take a lot of getting used to for long time Dayton hockey fans.
3) Chippiness of play including fighting, hits, and chirping a positive. Much more than in the CHL. Or ECHL for that matter. The more physical/chippy style of play will resonate more with some fans than the AA style did.
4) Ticket prices were very cheap. Adult prices $7.50/$9.50/$12.50. Kids 12 and under $7.50 anywhere. Parking was free. Pub was open and concessions were the same as they were with the Gems.
5) There was only one Dasher board advertisement. Each corner had an ambulance-chasing law firm's ad. I believe this is part of an Arena arrangement and not the Demonz client. There was one medical company advertised on the ice, along with an apartment complex (almost certainly where the players live) and a travel company (probably the team's bus provider). So, essentially there is no sponsorship revenue for the Demonz at this point of the season.
6) Only between periods entertainment was "chuck-a-puck". A positive from my point of view. lol
7) It would be nice if the teams could wear their own uniforms. Dayton played in Queen City Storm (defunct Cincinnati semi-pro) uniforms. The Dashers played in "Alberta Thunder Junior League" uniforms in which former players names were partially scrubbed off. I'm not kidding. I was told that the Demonz late name change from the Devils was responsible for the delay in securing the Dayton Demonz uniforms. Both teams are owned by Barry Soskin. The organization(s) need(s) to take care of this issue pronto. It just doesn't look good. At all. Especially for a Danville fan given that the team has been around for a year.
With the state of the Dayton economy, the multiple AA hockey failures, and the lack of an adequate facility for AA hockey, the semi pro Demonz are all a Dayton hockey fan can expect to have. I think it's going to be a very tough sell. My hope is that the very low operating costs of an FHL franchise will allow for the survival of the team.
Edited by echl rocks, 28 October 2012 - 03:17 AM.