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Junior Hockey could come to New Ulm

A column by Jim Bastian

April 10, 2013

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Civic Center is a busy place and it may become more bus....

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Apr-14-13 10:41 AM

Junior hockey can be very positive for a community. It can help your local economy when players and visiting teams and fans go to the local businesses. My advice is not to change anything the New Ulm Civic Center is doing for advertising and summer camps, that in itself is exclusive on its own. It is local revenue that stays in the community. See if the owner wants to pay for the majority of the locker room additions, try to negotiate a fair deal, same goes for the ice time costs, do not give away too much. If it is too good to be true, it probably is, read the fine print in any contracts presented and don't rush into anything. Out of town and out of state ownership on a team can be tricky sometimes. Best of luck and hope you get a team.

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Apr-13-13 6:04 AM

Sounds like the ownership of the prospective junior team wants to take over the Civic Center. The Civic Center is a community-based operation, very clean, well kept, a typical New Ulm facility of which people should be proud. The allure of "Junior" hockey gives the sport a higher profile in the area. That's good. However, Junior hockey leagues condone, and some would argue, encourage fighting, which this old hockey fans continues to find barbaric and a detriment to the game. Seeing young people between the ages of 15-20 get cut up and knocked out (or severely concussed) does not model civilized behavior for children who will be watching these games. Unless this junior hockey league completely bans fighting and suspends players who drop the gloves, I'm doubtful that a team that wants a piece of the concession pie from local organizations should be a part of the New Ulm winter landscape.

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Apr-10-13 12:21 PM

Albert Lea had a very bad ownership group come in. The team itself did well, the community enjoyed and embraced the team. The team now operates in Amarillo and is one of the best operated and most successful teams on the ice. They owners also own the NA3HL team in Mason City which just one the Tier 3 National championships. Go Bulls!! I am originally from the Mankato area but now live in Mason City and absolutely love junior hockey. Games are packed, high level of hockey, great entertainment with plenty of things to keep you interested. Id love to see a team in that area.

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Apr-10-13 6:48 AM

Just ask Albert Lea Mn how well that worked out!

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