Do the Thrashers really have the NHL’s worst fans?

Each of the ladies seated behind John Anderson has her own blog. (AJC photo by Jessica McGowan)

Each of the ladies seated behind John Anderson has a blog. (AJC photo by Jessica McGowan)

I guess I see it differently. When I go to a Thrashers game and see 5,000 empty seats, my first thought isn’t, “Why don’t more people come to these games?” It is, on the contrary: “Why do so many people come to these games?”

Let’s face it: In a decade of operation, the Thrashers haven’t given their constituency much. They’ve committed the two glaring sins of professional sports: They took too long to build something and then couldn’t sustain it. They’ve had two winning seasons. They’ve made the playoffs once (and were swept in Round 1).

I mention this because it has come to my attention that Derek Felska has, on the blog Most Valuable Network, decided the Thrashers have the worst fan base in the NHL. I present his “justification” in its entirety:

“I am going to share a little story with you which will might explain why the Atlanta Thrashers are deserving of being called the league’s worst fans.  Just this spring, I went down [to] Georgia as part of an Educators Tour to Ft. Benning.  On our way back, we were given the day to enjoy downtown Atlanta.  While there I went into a sports apparel shop, which was filled with all sorts of Atlanta sports team clothing; Braves jerseys, Falcons jerseys, and some college football jerseys yet nowhere to be found was anything pertaining to the Thrashers.  I asked the attendant, ‘Do you have any Atlanta Thrashers stuff’ and I was met with a confused look and then a quick question to her co-worker, ‘Do we have any Thrashers stuff?’ A few seconds later they pointed me to the only two items they had pertaining to the the Thrashers along with an explanation of how extremely rare it is anyone is looking for their merchandise.

“Now does that mean that there are almost no Thrashers fans out there?  No, but in the larger scheme of things there does not appear to be too many.  In a Southern city where it’s almost a challenge to find someone with a southern drawl, it might surprise people just how many Atlanta residents used to live in areas quite familiar with snow and ice.  The Thrashers’ online presence is very small and that does little to help a team that many in Atlanta seem to struggle to remember is even there.  That sound you just heard was Ilya Kovalchuk screaming over the fact he has at least one more season with the team.”

I think even Mr. Felska would concede there might be a hole or two in his scientific method. But the greater point, at least to me, would seem to be this: The Thrashers are lucky to have any fans at all, and the ones they have — it’s a smallish group, but it’s a group nonetheless — are passionate in a way Hawks fans, say, only wish they could be.

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The line about a “very small” online presence particularly struck me as odd. Because I consider Thrashers fans the equivalent of Velvet Underground followers. The time-honored line: “Only 10,000 people bought their records, but everyone who did started a band.”

If the Thrashers have 10,000 hardcore fans, I’m thinking all 10,000 have started a blog. Here’s Bird Watchers Anonymous, and here’s Whazzupwitchu?, and here’s The Thrashers 411. And here’s The Blueland Chronicle, and here’s Blueland Outsider.

I haven’t traveled extensively in hockey circles, so there might be an even greater local passion for, say, the Florida Panthers or the Phoenix Coyotes or the Nashville Predators. But somehow I doubt it. See, I’ve always thought what fans the Thrashers have are great fans. Truth to tell, I think they’re the best fans in Atlanta. Because they’ve been given so little and care so much. Because they care even though caring isn’t cool.

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lee

August 27th, 2009
2:57 pm

1st!!!!

hmmm maybe ur right. but i know that some of the fans are loyal. here’s what i think a loyal fan is:

-gets season tickets or goes to games often.
-blogs on ajc. cough cough (ppl like EOB WBF Smoothie brendan yeah those guys)
-actually supports the thrashers
-follows the action
-respect ppl like bradley, schultzy, rawhide, ice man uh huh
-watches/listens to the games
-donates to the thrashers

anything else that i missed????

WINGMAN

August 27th, 2009
2:58 pm

NO!! JUST THE WORST OWNER’S MARK!!!

lee

August 27th, 2009
2:59 pm

great blog bradley!!!!!!!!!! luv it!!! it’s always good.

mark, what matchups r u lookin forward to this year??

BugKiller

August 27th, 2009
3:04 pm

Mark, this guy is not only a guy who is making statements with the flimsiest of facts to back his argument, but then, when someone actually goes out of their way to point out his lack of actual research or finding of concrete facts, as “Aaron” did, he goes out of his way to insult them as a “biased fan.”

In other words, he’s an a-hole. Please don’t send us his way anymore to pad his web page hits. Yet another Northern-biased hockey fan who’d rather see MY team in some suburb of Toronto then where they belong.

We proved 30 years ago that we could be a hockey town if given an actual hockey team. Then, the team was sold to a guy who moved it with no reason other than he wanted his hometown to have a hockey team, as the Flames were successful here in Atlanta.

Excuse us if we don’t want to watch the crap that Don Waddell and the Atlanta Dis-Spirit, the worst GM and owners in the NHL, have assembled.

JC

August 27th, 2009
3:04 pm

Change Thrashers to Hawks and I think Mr. Felska would have been right on the money…

lee

August 27th, 2009
3:06 pm

i think the fans r very loyal it’s just that there rn’t that many hockey fans, ecspecially in atlanta. but i think the ppl that like hockey r probably loyal. it’s sad that we don’t hav very many fans though. just think about the die hard football or baseball fans. it’s just that hockey isn’t as popular as football, and it’s just sad. with all do respect to football and baseball, i don’t see y ppl think hockey isn’t as exciting as football or baseball. no question i luv football but really, just cuz football is popular doesn’t mean hockey doesn’t exsits! i thank evry hockey fan out there. and yes, now i agree hockey does hav the most loyal fans.

Ex-Season Ticket Sonny

August 27th, 2009
3:07 pm

I finally gave up my seats after (9) mostly-maddening years. First of all, it’s a very pricy night out after the tab is totaled. Multiply (9) years and (2) tickets in section 109 (behind the net) over a 41-game season. Lastly, compare the cost to the product on the ice and the decision becomes very easy. NEVER AGAIN…..FIRE WADDELL!

Ex-Season Ticket Sonny

August 27th, 2009
3:08 pm

Enter your comments here

lee

August 27th, 2009
3:08 pm

LAC

August 27th, 2009
3:15 pm

I went to CNN Center and had NO problem finding Thrashers shirts & Everything… This artical you refered to is a complete LIE from start to finish, Thrashers stuff IS available without any issues.

LAC

August 27th, 2009
3:16 pm

Oh yes I agree These WIMP owners are THE issue that the team stinks and we have THE WORST GM in professional sports EVER !

Benjamin

August 27th, 2009
3:20 pm

*crickets* The silence on this blog should speak volumes about the Thrashers’ fanbase, Bradley. ;)

I gave up on the team a few years ago when we just let Tkachuck and co. walk without barely a sniff of an offer.

Archie

August 27th, 2009
3:22 pm

Thrashers fans are most definitely, without a doubt, the best and most passionate group of fans in the city, and that includes all the college teams. I could go on a criticize the fans of each local team, but that’s not the point. Just like Mark said, just the fact that the fans the Thrashers do have are so passionate about a team that’s as inept and disorganized as any I’ve seen in my life is a minor miracle. They’ve been a train wreck, a case study of how not to build a franchise. Yet despite that, the two playoff games the team had were the best sports atmosphere this side of a Georgia-Auburn game in Sanford Stadium. I was at the games against the Rangers, and I was at the Hawks-Celtics playoff games too and the hockey games were just as loud and just as passionate.

We don’t have the worst fanbase in the NHL, we have the most deprived and unsatisfied fanbase.

RS

August 27th, 2009
3:24 pm

I consider myself a Thrasher fan. I watch almost all of their games on television and follow them extensively on the internet. I don’t own any of their merchandise and haven’t been to a game in 2 years though.

My brother however, is a heating and air technician and always wears a Thrashers baseball cap. He says it is surprising how many people mention his hat and start talking about the Thrashers. He’s also had people ask him what an “Atlanta Thrashers” is.

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

August 27th, 2009
3:36 pm

I grew up in Georgia…..never been a hockey fan…don’t really know all the rules…I’d say the Thrashers are “geographically challenged..” The Brown Thrasher is Georgia’s state bird…I know that…but I’m sure what icing is..??

lee

August 27th, 2009
3:40 pm

haha, well yes agreed it is not the fans falt that there rn’t many of them it’s just the stinkin owner. wouldn’t that be awesome if mr. obama liked hockey and he could get us new owners???!!!

ah, forget it, keep dreamin.

The Real Thrash

August 27th, 2009
3:46 pm

You’re kidding, right? Worst by far. Non-knowledgable, willing to accept a bottom-feeding GM. Just accept any team instead of excellence. It’s on the fans AND the sports media. No one holds the management accountable. Surprise.

Sting 'em Buzz

August 27th, 2009
3:46 pm

The Thrashers fans are very passionate. There is nothing quite like the fire in the arena from the fans at Philips. I need to get another blue wig because I have about wore mine out.

On the gear aspect, you can go into some stores that don’t have Yellow Jacket gear either.

Sting 'em Buzz

August 27th, 2009
3:48 pm

Horner, go down to Philips and watch a hockey game and you will be hooked.

lee

August 27th, 2009
3:48 pm

hey does anyone kno wher EOB and WBF r? they r usually early commenters.

Sting 'em Buzz

August 27th, 2009
3:48 pm

I don’t accept that sorry excuse for a GM. He only trailed Matt Millen as the worst GM in professional sports.

lee

August 27th, 2009
3:49 pm

yeah, u really should.

-sting um buzz- oh by the way yellow jackets suck!

Hillbilly Deluxe

August 27th, 2009
3:57 pm

About once a year I go down to a Thrasher game. I enjoy hockey; some don’t; that’s the way the world works. I’m sort of like Mark though; it surprises me the Thrashers have as loyal a fan base as they do. They might never rival the University of Georgia for number of fans but if they put a better product out there, they’d have more fans. They are a business and they are selling a product. For the most part the product they’ve put out there (the team not the game) hasn’t been very good, Simple answer, better team, bigger fan base.

My allegiance lies with Auburn, not the SEC

August 27th, 2009
3:59 pm

Shoot, it’s too hard to get anybody in my surrounding work area to talk about PRO football, much less another SPORT besides King college football. Hockey doesn’t stand a chance, and it’s too bad.

A27

August 27th, 2009
3:59 pm

Wouldn’t be surprised if this blowhard was a Buffablow fan. Not to long ago Chicago,and Boston couldn’t fill half of their arena’s and they were Orignal Six teams. Oh and let’s not forget Islander fans. They were a dynasty in the 80’s and now they have maybe 200 hundred people go to a game. Man, I hope we have a good season just to shut these idiot’s up. It’s starting to get annoying.

lee

August 27th, 2009
4:00 pm

hillbilly deluxe, exactly, very well said sir!

Dawg Foot

August 27th, 2009
4:03 pm

The Thrashers got died.

PMC

August 27th, 2009
4:06 pm

THe real question would be in a city where most people did not grow up there and could care less about the local sports teams unless they are entertaining… why would people fight through hours of traffic to watch that product?

BECAUSE they like Hockey. That’s why.

Peter

August 27th, 2009
4:22 pm

Hockey is an expensive ticket, and the Thrashers are not too much fun to watch !

usetabe

August 27th, 2009
4:32 pm

Well done article and very true. When I used to go to the Thrasher games the fans that were there were very loyal ones. I would see the same folks every game. It was exciting to be there and I thought for a young team they had promise. But after giving up Heatley and letting Savard leave and I began to think that the mgmt was more intersted in saving money than putting a good winning product on the ice so I was done. If they ever get serious about Hockey and begin winning I will come back. Winning will always be the cure. The owners just do not care

somaatl95

August 27th, 2009
4:33 pm

My blood runs Blueland Blue – I’ve been a Thrasher Fan since their existence. I have an “Inaugural Season” Banner as it was the prototype that one of the local printing companies made to try and win a contract doing all of the Thrashers Banners and signage. I own every jersey that the Thrashers have made. I was at their first home victory (against the flames no less) When I play NHL09 online, I always play as the Thrashers… and people get really angry when they get THRASHED. I live for the game and support the team no matter what! I’m a proud fan club member and am happy to say that win or lose, nothing is like a Thrashers game! I’m so much of a nut for this team I go to TSN.ca/nhl and post that they need to stop saying that Atlanta should be sold and relocated to Canada, that there ARE passionate fans here and that Ball-silly needs to leave Phoenix alone. The thing that the rest of the country and Canada don’t get about Atlanta is 75% of the people here are “Fairweather Fans” and only support teams that are currently winning (just count the number of NY Yankees Caps you see downtown during the weekend and you’ll understand) Nobody followed the Hawks, Falcons, and ESPECIALLY the Braves until they started winning games. The Falcons big problem all these years was ownership. The Braves needed great coaching and only started to suck badly again when they were no longer Teds team…. and if the Spirit put even half as much effort into the Thrashers as they do the Hawks, things would be MUCH different.
I will put the residents of my city down because they only follow winners – but to say Atlanta has the worst fans is a cheap shot and complete lie.
And I am a local boy! Lived here my entire life.
And like I said, my blood runs Blueland Blue.
I hope the Thrashers (and us fans) are able to prove everyone wrong this season! GO THRASHERS!!!!!

Anchorman

August 27th, 2009
4:36 pm

This just in, former Kentucky coach Billy Gillespie had a strong smell of alcohol and Karen Sypher on him.

pressing

August 27th, 2009
4:44 pm

The AJC is a big part of the problem as far as Hockey awareness helping to build support. I have been staring at the same article about the Thrashers in the paper for 2 weeks now. No one writes about them. No one knows who the players are. When we the last time someone had a feature on the Thrashers titled “Know your Thrashers” like the AJC does for the Braves. Anytime a Brave cracks a fingernail there are acticles galore. The paper relegates the Thrashers to the back pages on the Sports section

Jeremy H

August 27th, 2009
4:49 pm

Best article on this site in a very long time. A+

Otto

August 27th, 2009
4:56 pm

I make more Thrashers games than any other sport thanks to a friend that is a season ticket holder. My parents were also at the first Flames game and have the key chain given out as proof. We are all native southerners so yes we can get into the game. Hockey is at an advantage in that they do not have a college game that competes for attention especially in the south.

The greatest downfall of the Thrashers has been how they treat season ticket holders. Not being able to put a winning team on the Ice is 2nd. Atlanta is ready and the fans that have stuck around are very loyal. However, to keep it alive we can not have decades of bad management like the other teams in Atlanta have and continue to endure. The Thrashers also need to pay more respect to Atlanta Hockey past. Are fans loyal? Do you still hear KNIGHTS!! during the Anthem? I think you have your answer.

ATL.BIRDS

August 27th, 2009
4:59 pm

When you are at any Atlanta sporting event, you always see a lot of bandwagon riders. It is just the way it is . Yes, Atlanta fans are the worst in any sport. Go Thrashers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pam on Weck

August 27th, 2009
5:03 pm

Felska also needs to note the time of year he went shopping. It’s quite likely stores aren’t to going to stock as much hockey merch in the summer.

We have fans. We have paraphernalia. We have giant flaming bird heads. And this year, we even have a glimmer of hope.

Matt

August 27th, 2009
5:06 pm

I am sooooo sick and tired of people dumping on Thrashers fans!!

Give people a reason to come (i.e. solid, entertaining hockey and a team that has a chance to win) they will come.

I realize that hockey will ALWAYS be below football and the Braves in this town, but that doesn’t mean that there is not a hard core dedicated fan base. But that fan base has been abused by poor ownership with ASG the last few years, and I submit ownership that tried to do it on the cheap even before that point.

Give us a sign that the team is solid and going in the right direction and we’ll support them, but you CANNOT take the fans for granted for 10 years, which is exactly what has happened.

As an aside, if you think that small crowds are only happening in ATL, I’ll tell you that in the 70’s when I lived in Minnesota the North Stars absolutely reeked and the crowds were pitiful!! And that’s in hockey crazed Minnesota. My point is, terrible hockey leads to terrible attendance no matter where it’s being played.

somaatl95

August 27th, 2009
5:14 pm

Just realizing my last post rambled a little bit – but my passion for the sport and for our team runs deep. The thought of losing another Hockey team really bothers me when there are teams in other locations *cough*leafs*cough* that don’t play well and will always have a team to bash… errr, support.

Bullseye

August 27th, 2009
5:15 pm

and the worst of those fans yell “Knights” during our National Anthem.

Whitaker42

August 27th, 2009
5:15 pm

Do the Thrashers have the worst fans? No, like any sports fans they demand that their team to win, they expect the front office to do what it take to get a winning team, and they want to feel the passion of the sport with their team.

I am a transplant from Mass, and let me say for the record that I hate the excuse of “people from other sports cities do not care about local teams.”, What people are trying to say is there are not enough fans of the sport to make up for the loyal birth team fans. Example: Coming from Boston the Red Sox are my birth team, I am not a baseball fan so all I care to watch is the sox. When it comes to hockey I am willing to watch any team and as such I have adopted the Thrashers as my 2nd home team.

It has been my experience that most Hockey Fans that are transplants feel this way, they still love their birth team more, but the Thrashers are a close second. Why because they love the sport. I find that it is the transplants that are getting locals hooked on the sport, because they want to spread the hockey love.

Why does it look like the Thrashers have the worst fans?

1. The Thrashers Organization:

What has the organization done to permote fans? I have been a season ticket holder for the past 2 seasons and comparing price and benefits to my buddies in MA, Thrasher fans are treated like a joke. Only the diehards want to be season ticket holders and the unhappy season ticket holder detur the on the fence fans to choose not to invest their time and money into the sport. Now it is easy for me to say “well if I own a hockey team I would do..” but I am sorry in market like this the Owners (when they are not in court) need to go above and beyond anything a start up team in Canada or a strong hockey would have to do. The fact that our players can hang around the airport and not many people know who they are is a problem, and I am talking about Kari and Ilya. The front office needs to work with the players to get them into the eyes of the general public. Also the fans need to feel loved by the team, forget about mimicking promotions from other teams, do something orginal. Pittsburg has players give out the season tickets, to me this would be the minimum that the Thrashers could do to built a fan base. Think about it your ticket rep calls you and ask where do you work, if it is an office building what would be better than Ilya, Army, Slava, Kari, Tobie, or any other player walking past your co-workers to deliver your tickets? Your co-workers will ask what the heck is going on, which equals the team being promoted by word of mouth, you can tell them all about the team and the game. Also people will remember that event for awhile and tell others.

2. The media

Maybe it is because I am from a market that keeps track of how many times Big Papi wipes his nose, but the media coverage sucks and not just during the off-season. If nothing is going on with the Thrashers that day, their has to be something going on about hockey? How about the BU students from GA that will be playing at Frenway after the winter classic? How about an interview with them? The Braves have they own programming, so do the Falcons, and the Hawks why not the Thrashers? The tv stations will say ratings and viewers do not want to see them, BS!!! The State wants to see them, the tv stations do not have the balls to try it.

The Papers are going to report what: 1 they are allowed to report, hockey is the redheaded step child at the AJC, we know this and while the hair might now be a shade blonder it is still red. The Nightly recap of the trashers is 10 – 15 seconds (yes, for S &G’s I timed each news cast last season). These things are not going to change till the powers that be decide it should.

3. COLLEGE FOOTBALL!!

You knew this was coming, being from the north I do not understand the passion for college football. My co-workers have explained that the NFL did not come to GA till the 70’s, but still it is crazy. The South is known for being college football fans and that is it. I had a boss who loves the Brave but he LOVES Tech, his whole office is nothing but tech, not one Brave thing. I asked him why? His answer Tech is an institution , Braves are a team. Another co-worker is a huge UGA fan but NEVER went to the school nor has any of his family members, why is he a fan “BECAUSE IN GEORGIA THAT IS YOUR TEAM.” I have heard because my daddy was a fan, because that is the state I am from, and yes, because I went to college there.

Any sports fan can tell you it is very near impossible to be a fan of different sports teams when the seasons overlap, college football just adds another team to the equaltion and in this case the Thrashers loose.

However should there come a time when the same passion for college football come to the Thrashers I can tell you that there will be no question of how great the Thrashers fans are, because they will be great.

4. Hockey is not played in the south.

For me a school (high, elemtery, college) or a city not having a hockey team or even a rink was a VERY strange thing for me when I moved here in 2000 fresh out of college. Since I have been here more rinks have opened up and more high schools have started hockey clubs.

Fans are grown, they do not suddenly appear just because a new team comes to town. People who want to be fans want to know the sport. Which takes time and there is nothing better to grow fans than to have children play the game. I love seeing kids at the games all wide eyed looking as if this is the best thing they have ever seen. Most of the time it is the kids who wanted to be there, or the child won the tickets some how. I always wait for the question and it always come the child will turn to a parent and say “I want to play.” That is the true fan in the making.

If the Thrashers can stay here in GA for another 5 – 10 years all those little kids that in 1999 wanted to be hockey players will be diehard fans, more adults will be exposed to the NHL, and the fan base will grow. But as I sit here that is a big question.

What can the fans do to keep the team here and get rid of this question? Go nuts! Attach a thrashers flag to your truck, Tail gate at Philips, Go to a sports bar with a BUNCH (20 -30) co-workers / friends on game night and take over the place, buy cheap tickets for co-workers and give them away. This all may sound crazy, but if you read all this you know how much the game has had an impact on your life share it, and keep the team here…

Hockey is the best game ever!!!

P.S anyone interested in opening a Hockey equipment/Memorabilia shop?

B. Thenet

August 27th, 2009
5:23 pm

I don’t see why we are taking a clown who said the Chicago “The Thrashers AHL team outdrew us on the same night, several times in the last decade” Blackhawks were the 2nd best fanbase in the NHL seriously.

Heck, the Devils magically went from dead last in his rankings last year to the middle of the pack this year.

Anyone who has stuck around the Thrashers this long deserves a medal, not a kick in the shins.

Worst team is more like it.

August 27th, 2009
5:38 pm

Worst team deserves the worst fans. In the playoffs only 10% of the time and never a serious contender? What do you expect? It’s a miracle they draw the attendance they’ve drawn to this point? Unreal-who writes articles that are this far off base? Not even one point in the article addresses team performance. The fans are the owners-they pay ticket prices and salaries. What happens if you perform poorly-you get paid less. What happens if you perform well-fans attend.

The title should be “Are the Thrashers really the worst NHL team?” Welcome to reality.

lee

August 27th, 2009
5:49 pm

where’s EOB?????

somaatl95- im sure we can. god bless u my friend.

Smoothie

August 27th, 2009
5:50 pm

Good to see the expression of hockey passion on here from more than just the usual crowd over on Rawhide’s blog. There are A LOT of hockey fans here in this town, but the Thrashers don’t have the casual sports fan’s interest like the Braves or Hawks might get when the going is good. Probably because the going is rarely good! LOL

Since hockey isn’t “mainstream” like football or basketball down here, it is tough to draw in the casual observer unless there is an exciting, winning product on the ice. I think this season could change some of the perception that is dogging this team. We have one of the most exciting players (Kovy) in all of hockey doing his thing and even last year’s mediocre team was 9th in the league in scoring. They have added parts, depth at every position and possess some very young and potentially star talent in Bogosian, Enstrom, Little and Kane.

I’m from the Northeast where people are VERY passionate for their sports and teams. I went to a school on Tobacco Road and have experienced some very raucous environments for basketball and even football. While the hockey regular season may not rival that type of passion, I can honestly say that the emotion and passion expressed by the sell-out crowd for the only two home playoff games played by the Thrashers was some of the most thrilling and spine-tingling electricity I have ever felt at any sporting event.

And that’s including the Falcons’ divisional playoff win in 2005 over the Rams; I was a season tkt holder for 5 years but now I would rather invest my hard-earned dough on a mediocre team playing the fastest and “coolest” game on earth!!

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IlliniBrave

August 27th, 2009
5:53 pm

Change the title to “Do the Thrashers have the NHL’s worst team?” And the answer is a resounding yes – by far. And thus the level of fan support, or lack thereof, suggests just the opposite – we are smart enough to know when and where to spend our hard-earned dollars on sports and entertainment… and watching a bunch of minor-league goons skate around in an over-priced arena is NOT being a “good fan” – it’s being a stupidly blind one!!!

lee

August 27th, 2009
6:00 pm

worst team is more like it- might hav to disagree, yes the thrashers hav sucked in the past years, but that doesn’t mean they hav the worst fans. actually, they hav the best fans because to hav a suckish team and hav a lot of fans is something to be proud of. lets say the falcons sucked, well, ppl would probably still come to their games. it’s because they r loyal and that is the most important aspect a fan should hav. and yes, the thrasher’s owners r getting paid less, but that is not the fans fault, it’s the owners. think about it, if we r 20,000 somthin dollars under our cap and we r not willing to pay a single penny, that is their fault not ours. the most loyal fans r the ones that buy season tickets when the team stinks, because they r keeping hope. out team is strong, maybe not physically and how we play on the ice, but we r definetly strong mentally and i hope u all know that. lets start off the season with a positive attitude and show them that we r a strong team. GO THRASHERS!!!!!!!

Mark Bradley

August 27th, 2009
6:00 pm

What matchups, Lee? Well, where’s Marian Hossa now? Chicago, is he not? I’ll start with that one. And Washington’s never dull. And Pittsburgh.

lee

August 27th, 2009
6:03 pm

hey smoothie!!! great to hav u back buddy!!! i’ve been wondering where u hav been! do u happen to know where EOB and WBF r?