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Old 12-24-2018, 08:41 AM
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“Going for it” and not winning it all is a not a failure. Only one team will win its last game - pushing your chips “all in” does not guarantee it will be you.

Win or lose – a run at a championship can also be viewed as team management’s show of appreciation to the fans. The Niagara IceDogs’ fan base has steadily increased over the years – and we desire a chance to cheer for a championship calibre team once in a while – successful or not!

Every single year, a team can look around the league and decide some team is better than them – sell their players and start another re-build every time things don’t seem to align perfectly.

At some point you have reward your fans, with an attempt at a championship. Gives this loyal and supportive fan base something to get excited about and look forward to.

Despite everyone predictions that after a run for a championship the IceDogs would be doomed to become a team like Sudbury, Kingston, Ottawa, Peterborough – management has been able to rebuild the IceDogs and make a another run a few years later, while remaining competitive and relevant in the years in between.

Compared to many other OHL teams, we are one of the most fortunate fan bases. The IceDogs consistently bring in exciting hockey players (through the draft or trades) for us to enjoy and get behind during the rebuild and especially the championship years.

Almost every OHL team’s fan bases are dwindling (Niagara and London being the exception) – and you have teams that never provide their fans a championship team. If you turn into one of those teams - fans are going to stop supporting a team that never wins and sells off it best players each year. How do you market and sell that? Not sure I would even continue to support that myself to be honest.

The IceDogs may not win it this year! Any team “going for it” is taking a risk! But coming up short is not a failure - fans don’t disappear. At the end, you applaud the organization, the players and the fans who cheered their hearts out – and you look forward to the next run in few years!

Win or lose, IceDogs’ fans are about to be treated to some of the best hockey this country has to offer – thankfully we have a willing and aggressive organization providing us that opportunity.

Looking forward to 2019.
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