It’s springtime and believe it or not, some hockey fans are watching playoff hockey. Around here, we talk about hockey this time of year. For those that don’t know, I have been covering hockey since 1985 and I have been working for The Red Wings, IceHawks, Frostbite and Phantoms since 1990.
The fans of Adirondack hockey haven’t smelled the playoffs since the opening weekend of the first season of the Phantoms in Glens Falls. That might sound harsh. It is. I put none of the blame on the current dry spell of non-playoff hockey on the Brooks Brothers. Rob and Jim own the team but don’t hire the players. That’s a Philadelphia thing.
Anyone that casually follows the hockey team has one question for me. “Dan, who’s coming to play at the Glens Falls Civic Center after the Phantoms leave?”
My answer is always, “I don’t know.” I don’t know if I would want to know. What I do know is, the Phantoms will be back for one more season before heading to Allentown. That I am grateful for. The Brooks Brothers could have just as easily taken next year’s team and put it Atlantic City or Trenton and sold a bunch of tickets, more than at the GFCC, to the hockey-crazed Philadelphia fans.
They have stayed true to their word. They will be back next season. That’s good news.
What’s next for the future of Adirondack hockey? I am out of the loop just as much as you on this. There has been much speculation as to who may be coming in. That’s all it can be at this point. Speculation.
The fans of hockey in the area, in my opinion, will be left wondering if/when/who is coming to town. Being a die-hard New York Rangers fan, I would have loved to have seen them come to town. That’s not happening.
As for fans of Adirondack hockey, one more season of the Phantoms. Maybe after opening weekend of the 2013-2014 season, fans will get a whiff of something that has not been smelled in sometime, the playoffs.
For now, like Sergeant Schultz used to say on Hogan’s Heroes, “I know nothing!”