Thrashers Want You To Be A VIP

The Thrashers are offering VIP seating to those purchasing Mini-Plans for the upcoming season. Thirteen-game plans will get you seats on the glass for a game of your choice…purchasing a seven-game plan will get you into the First Horizon Club for a game of your choice.

Also, the Select-A-Seat will be held at Philips Arena this Sunday the 16th between 1 and 3 o’clock. Those looking to purchase season ticket plans will be able to do while there as well as tour the team locker room.

Click here for more details and information.

Wolves’ VP Of Operations Wins McKenzie Award

Congratulations are in order for the Chicago Wolves Vice President of Operations Courtney Mahoney as she was presented with the AHL’s 2008-09 Ken McKenzie Award. This award is given annually to a team executive who has been deemed to have most successfully promoted his/her organization.

Mahoney… a 34-year old native of Western Springs, Illinois… has for 13 seasons been in charge of community relations and game operation for the Thrashers’ AHL affiliate. Thanks to her efforts, the team has raised over $4 million for team charities during her tenure…more than $200,000 during last season alone. Two of the charities that have benefited from these donations are the Adopt a Dog and Read to Succeed programs.

Mahoney’s other duties include overseeing operations of all Wolves’ home games, which involves the playing of in-house music and overseeing the pre-game pyrotechnics show.

Of her service, Wolves Chairman of the Board Don Levin remarked, “Since being an intern during the birth of the Wolves, Courtney has been a nurturing leader of the organization…she has created the public persona of the team and without her we would have been much less than we are. I appreciate Courtney every day.”

The McKenzie Award is named after and honors Ken McKenzie, the founder and publisher of The Hockey News, and was first presented in 1978. McKenzie was honored in 1997 by the Hockey Hall of Fame as the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award winner.

Traverse City Prospects Roster

In just a few short weeks the Thrashers will be sending prospects and invite free agents to the Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan. In case you missed it, here is the roster for Atlanta…

Goalkeepers
Edward Pasquale
Chris Carrozzi

Defense
Ben Chiarot
Philippe Paquet*
Drew Paris*
Paul Postma
Cody Sol

Forwards
Jimmy Bubnick
Michael Forney
Patrick Galivan*
Evander Kane
Anton Kharin*
Levko Koper
Michael Liambas
Jeremy Morin
Eric O’Dell
Toni Ritter*
Darryl Smith*
Travis Toomey*

* Denotes free agent invitee

84 comments Add your comment

Dwayne

August 12th, 2009
11:38 am

Russian

August 12th, 2009
11:45 am

What dates will Prospects play? I am just interesting if anyone from AJC will cover this Tournament and specially Kane.

Rawhide

August 12th, 2009
12:14 pm

Russian – Thrashers will play Detroit on 9/6…NYR on 9/7…and Carolina on 9/9. Championship round will be 9/10.

I’m going to assume the NHL Network will televise from there as they did last year.

Russian

August 12th, 2009
12:19 pm

Oh. They did. Thanks.

World Be Free

August 12th, 2009
12:37 pm

Rawhide-any news on Kovy + UFA talks?
Speculation on possible trades with clubs that need to dump salary?

We’re running out of things to talk about.

ranallo10 (in AT)

August 12th, 2009
12:37 pm

And why aren’t FULL season ticket holders getting such perks? I’m sure most STH would appreciate a free seat upgrade for a couple games.

Netminder

August 12th, 2009
12:55 pm

@ranallo10 (in AT) Because we have already paid…

B. Thenet

August 12th, 2009
1:18 pm

Only going with 5 D men for the tourney?

Postma is going to be real tired.

ranallo10 (in AT)

August 12th, 2009
1:20 pm

Netminder — Is there something about the full package you saw as advantageous over discounted tickets or the smaller package?

Toby

August 12th, 2009
1:24 pm

Any word on a “STH town hall meeting” this year?

R. Stroz

August 12th, 2009
1:30 pm

ranallo10 – For over a year, I’ve attempted to explain the effect of offering incentives later rather than earlier to the ASG sales/marketing department.

If someone is rewarded for waiting for incentives, eventually the customer will learn to wait for incentives before purchasing ticket packages and thus actually slow cash flow to the ASG. The incentives should be either uniform or the best incentives should be offered earlier versus later. However, the ASG obviously didn’t pass psychology 101 or missed the lecture on operant conditioning and reinforcement.

h

August 12th, 2009
1:33 pm

If you call your ticket rep you can get that incentive, but it would be in lieu of one of the other incentives for STHs

Rawhide

August 12th, 2009
1:36 pm

Only going with 5 D men for the tourney?

B. Thenet – yeah…I counted 5 also. I wonder if they are indeed planning on going with that number or just undecided about the sixth one & that’ll be announced later.

GaVaHokie

August 12th, 2009
1:43 pm

Rawhide & Thenet… or (longshot guess), maybe there is a forward they want to see play defense?… dunno.

R. Stroz

August 12th, 2009
1:43 pm

h – The way to address that strategy is simple.

There should be a set group of ticket packages benefits and then a menu of one or two extra benefits from a menu of choices.

In that way, everyone is on an equal playing field instead of trying to guess when the best benefit will be offered.

GaVaHokie

August 12th, 2009
1:47 pm

Any word on a “STH town hall meeting” this year?

Those always seem like a disaster to me… either management puts their foot in their mouth, or a STH does.

Wings fan in Ga.

August 12th, 2009
1:51 pm

Random question – I just got the NHL Network. Does it show any games during the season?

R. Stroz

August 12th, 2009
1:55 pm

h – Let me try this again with proof reading.

There should be a set group of ticket package benefits and then a menu of extra benefit choices from which the ticket package purchaser can choose one or two extra benefits.

In that way, everyone is on an equal playing field instead of trying to guess when the best benefit will be offered.

Russian

August 12th, 2009
1:57 pm

To Wings- Oh, yes! They show games from Canada, but sometimes you can see not Canadien teams. Just check your TV schedule.

Rawhide

August 12th, 2009
1:57 pm

Toby – I haven’t heard anything about Town Hall meetings as of yet.

Wings Fan in Ga. – Last season they aired Hockey Night in Canada games.

Netminder

August 12th, 2009
1:57 pm

@ranallo10 (in AT) – I live downtown and can get to the games with no problem so I go to all of them. I used to have season tickets to the Braves and Falcons. I love hockey to much to waste money on that now. I have had season tickets since the season before the lock out. I moved my seats last year when all the STH jumped ship. I was able to pick up some nice seats that I don’t want to take a chance on losing, they are in the front row in the 200s behind the attack twice net.

This allows me several things: 1) no one blocking my view 2) quick access to beer and the bathroom (in that order) 3) ability to hang banners in front of my seats. 4) Access to Thrash and the contests with Jaybird 5) the ability to quickly exit the building. Every other seat I have had through the years has none of these benefits.

I am a Thrasher fan and I want to support the team.

R. Stroz

August 12th, 2009
2:03 pm

Netminder – Did you purchase seats in section 216, row E, Seats 1 & 2 ?

The Earl of Bud

August 12th, 2009
2:34 pm

BT, I received that e-mail as well about the Thrashers latest offer. The problem is when I read the fine print it also included complimentary cab rides to Philips from Jan Radecki provided I split it with someone named Kane. They mean Evander, right?

Sadtoseeitthisway

August 12th, 2009
2:34 pm

Congratulations Netminder on your seat selection,I have sat near there and enjoyed the view plus beer and bathroom availability. Full season ticket holders DO deserve a little break or incentive once in a while. However, those who want a town hall meeting for STH`s. Lots o luck.

Wings fan in Ga.

August 12th, 2009
2:46 pm

Thanks Russian and Rawhide, that is good to know.

R. Stroz

August 12th, 2009
2:48 pm

I’ve never been a big fan of the Town Hall meetings, since nothing is really accomplished.

The Earl of Bud

August 12th, 2009
3:29 pm

RS, I’d stay away from those Town Hall meetings. They’re completey un-American, I mean the nerve of those people voicing their opinion in this country. Then the people showing up with Swastika symbols, it is down right scary. Besides, the Atlanta Spirit put in a phone call to the SEI Union, so you better not make an “astroturf” effort by showing up.

Alan

August 12th, 2009
3:36 pm

1 – Me
0 – People who took the RDS story about Zherdev seriously

Everyone – Details here.

lee

August 12th, 2009
3:38 pm

yeah, i counted five defenders too. they should definetly consider putting in a sixth one in. it just put too much work on those guys. wait, remind me again, what did we do with dan turple?

Netminder

August 12th, 2009
3:39 pm

@Sadtoseeitthisway – I did not renew right away this year and ended up getting a nice perk. I was told that if I renewed I would get a whole Suite to one game this year. Now we all know it will be during the week against a bad (or southeast) team; but I get to have a bunch of friends get together and enjoy a game. I may even pay Phillips to bring some food and beer up so we can do it right. I hope everyone I invite will chip in of course….anyway back to what you want to know – what were the conditions? I had to renew (it was late after the first select-a-seat) and you had to spend over $5,000 for seats…I wonder how many of these incentives the Thrashers ticket reps are offering are getting out? I realize this does not affect a large number of STH based on the amount of people who have dropped their seats and the cost; however I doubt the ticket reps are going out of their way to share stuff like this with people who renewed on time…

Toby

August 12th, 2009
3:39 pm

Alan

You did call that. I posted on HF asking when RDS became such a crappy source

R. Stroz

August 12th, 2009
3:58 pm

EOB – I was refering to the Thrashers town hall meetings. Ya know, the ones where Waddell says we are one or two players away and Levenson calls STH’s smart@$$es.

ranallo10 (in AT)

August 12th, 2009
4:51 pm

Netminder — I’ve owned season tickets once at about the same area as you (but on the defend twice side). Had it not been for the cool STH couple I met at the seats I would say that the entire season was a complete rip off. Of your list of benefits, I only consider #1 to be worth selecting my own seat. To me easy access to the bathroom and refreshments, the ability to hang banners, access to Jaybird and Thrash, and a quick exit are not worth the face value price because I don’t mind standing in line (getting back to my seat with 10 minutes left between periods is no big deal to me), I have never and probably will never create a banner, Jaybird is “special” and I don’t have kids to “enjoy” Thrash’s antics, and finally I realize that no matter how quickly I get out of the arena I still have to wait in the same traffic lines everyone else who left early or quickly is in (unless you park in some of those few good lots off the beaten path, of course).

I’m not trying knock your choices for buying season tickets early, I completely understand them. I would be more inclined to take tickets the Stroz way by either getting them free, paying for the discounted tickets the ASG undoubtedly will offer because they cannot sell out games, or buying tickets off the street vendors for less than face value.

As a full season ticket holder I felt enraged when sitting next to an away fan who paid half as much as I did for the rights to see a bottom 5 payroll team get steamrolled by their favorite team. For the amount of money saved by buying tickets below face value I’m sure you could rent a suite for a game after one or two seasons.

But to each his own…I was curious what your incentive was. Thanks for answering.

Netminder

August 12th, 2009
5:38 pm

@ranallo10 (in AT) – No problem. People have different opinions on things and I am happy to provide mine. The main reason I buy my seats is to see every Thrashers game. My wife and I have actually met another couple who are now some of our best friends and we now site together at games.

Over the years I have not had the perfect seats; however I have found them now (by my definition and allowed budget); and would be remiss to give them up at this point.

I agree about the away fans getting in for half price. If I had my wish the team would be good enough to make it impossible to get seats. Just think what that would mean for a second – the atmosphere provided by rabid Thrasher fans would be awesome.

The whole discounted ticket thing sucks as a paying STH now; however to be honest I would not be a STH now if not for one of their programs from the second (third?) season. I got to see a half season of bad hockey with buy one get one pricing and I bought full season tickets the next year.

A couple of other things to note about me is that I was born and raised in Atlanta so I have no hockey roots and never even paid attention to the sport before I attended a game here. My wife and I went to Toronto before last season to see the Hockey Hall of Fame.

For me though it does not matter if the team is good or bad; because regardless of their record I will pay to watch hockey (it beats baseball and football).

I do dream of the day the Thrasher get it together and have a chance at the cup.

Glovesave29

August 12th, 2009
6:31 pm

Alan – even Wikipedia had him on the roster of the KHL team earlier this afternoon.

ranallo10 (in AT)

August 12th, 2009
6:59 pm

glovesave — In case you weren’t sure, anybody and everybody can put whatever they want onto Wikipedia. Perhaps someone will change it to Atlanta Thrashers one day, just for giggles.

I didn’t realize RDS was now part of the TSN/ESPN network, that’s interesting.

Eileen

August 12th, 2009
7:29 pm

Hi Rawhide. This may have been asked and answered recently. If so, I apologize. Is there an update on Toby? Has he made a full recovery? Also, have we heard anything about any players working out in Duluth now that school has started? I assume some with school age children may be back in Atlata.

GaVaHokie

August 12th, 2009
9:19 pm

The RDS logo is very similar to the TSN and ESPN logo… I can only assume.

Rawhide

August 12th, 2009
9:20 pm

Eileen – Hey there lady!! I wish I had some type of update for you regarding Toby…but I don’t. I’m looking forward seeing him when training camp starts.

I did run into Boulton and Thorburn last month at prospect camp. They both played in a pickup game after the younguns were done & Dan Kamal and a few others of us were watching them. They were both playing defense.

Say hello to your lovely young lady and your young man for me!!

stendec

August 13th, 2009
12:41 am

Hi Bill. Me again. Really have no Thrasher comments at this time but desperate to let someone know about embarrassment south of border. Last time I commented on USA soccer one of those all knowing in all sports Thrasher fans who wear close defeats like a badge of honor took me to task for viewpoint. Wonder if loser feels same after that heartless debacle! Hope this is okay. Again Rawhide, best to you and yours. Drop the puck already! Following is sanitized version:

DISBAND USA SOCCER TEAM! Could not get up against Brazil. Led before choke! Could not get up against Mexico. Led before choke! Could not get up for Mexican whores. Impotent bestards! Unit comprised of worthless quitters. Not an ounce of pride in whole talentless bunch! Do not allow ball-less curs back on American soil. Let SOBs stay in El Mexico. Where the bribe accepting douchebags belong! Know what nauseating USA soccer group has that Mexico does not? Damn excuses! Break them out losers. USA soccer lacks dignity, intergrity, sense, pride, balls, athletes, players, coaches, intelligence, direction, purpose, energy plus anything else a sports team worth a damn possesses! Oxygen wastes not deserving of air that goes into their lungs. Maybe Mexican hooligans will get a hold of their candy a##es! If these raise the white flag LaLa Land residents had defended the Alamo it would have fallen in less than a day. If not sooner! Absolute embarrassment to all Americans. Screw all of them! Viva Mexico? No chance in Hell!

ranallo10 (in AT)

August 13th, 2009
4:47 am

Hokie — Per wikipedia:
“CTV Specialty Television Inc. is a partnership of CTVglobemedia and ESPN. CTVglobemedia owns a 70.08% economic interest (80% voting interest) in the unit; ESPN, the remainder.”

CTV owns RDS, TSN, TSN2, and the rights to ESPN Classic (I assume only in Canada).

So yes, RDS is a sister company to TSN, both owned in part by ESPN.

World Be Free

August 13th, 2009
7:57 am

CTV had great NHL coverage in the mid 80’s with Dan Kelly as their play by play man. They had national NHL games in Canada in Friday nights, with Hockey Night in Canada doing the games Saturday night. That lasted just a few years and went away shortly after Dan Kelly died. Kelly was one of the best play by play men ever, in any sport.

Glovesave29

August 13th, 2009
8:20 am

Ranallo – I am aware the way Wikipedia works, but it is also pretty heavily policed. Put a bit of false info up there and see how long it takes for someone to take it down…It takes just moments.

So why are the Thrash not keeping a roster spot open for the Theo Fleury comeback? Jeez, talk about lack of foresight by management!

GaVaHokie

August 13th, 2009
8:38 am

Glovesave… hehe… I can’t help but like Fleury’s spirit though… wouldn’t mind giving him a camp invite. His hands look pretty good… I’d question his endurance and feet.

http://watch.tsn.ca/nhl/#clip202050

Claude Lemeiux played 18 games last year for San Jose at 43 years old… you could put Fleury in the press box most of the season.

Viking

August 13th, 2009
9:31 am

Eileen and Rawhide,

Enström seems to be OK. On Saturday, he was listed as a participant in an internal game and skills competition with his old team Modo together with folks like the Sedins, Hedman and an old Thrashers aqcuaintance with a funky name – Svartvadet!

Rawhide

August 13th, 2009
9:38 am

Thanks Viking…that’s good to know.

ranallo10 (in AT)

August 13th, 2009
10:03 am

Glovesave — You’re right, but until someone had evidence to the contrary why would they pull it down? Zherdev’s rumored signing was from a Russian source (clouds the subject due to translation problems) and reported as not yet concluded, so I’d imagine the several “reputable” sites that reported it was enough evidence for those WikiPolice to keep the erroneous statement on the site.

Out of curiosity, is it still up there?

Adam

August 13th, 2009
10:10 am

What do you think it would take to convert the ECHL Gwinnett Gladiators into the 30th AHL team?
I know it wouldn’t likely happen this year but for the 2010-2011 season. You would think the AHL would be open to the expansion after involuntarily suspending the Iowa Chops. That and this would be the only team in the southeast opening a new market.

Glovesave29

August 13th, 2009
10:28 am

Ranallo – it’s like a competition Wikipedia has with it’s members to see how fast news items can be up on the site. It’s since been corrected and has him listed as a free agent. The only error I have found with any staying power is about former Atlanta Knights coach John Paris, Jr. It has him listed as the first African-American professional hockey coach. Which is false, as he is Canadian.

Adam…I have been lobbying for the Glads to move up on this blog for years. With the majority of southern teams in the ECHL having either shut down or move to the lower classification SPHL, the time is now to move to the AHL and have our top tier farm team in our own back yard.

Toby

August 13th, 2009
10:40 am

Glovesave and Adam…

Awesome idea…that would be great!!!