The schedule on the Rainmen website is missing two games against Montreal which were in the press release. I hope it is just an oversight.
Chris Cochrane praises the Rainmen schedule in today’s Herald. One thing worth commenting on:
About the only negative aside from the short 20-game regular season schedule, which the second-year league is expected to lengthen as it grows, is that the Rainmen go almost a month from late February to late March without a home game.
That’s due to quirks in the PBL schedule and a busy scheduling time for Metro Centre. The team will need to be innovative to retain interest from fans over that period.
That month could really hurt the Rainmen if they don’t figure out how to fill it. Not only do they risk returning to the Metrocentre as irrelevant, but they will still have bills and paychecks to pay during that month. To make matters worse, there is a solid two weeks where they don’t play any games, anywhere. They have two options during March in my eyes: Run a spring break skills camp for kids from March 16-20 (throw in some free tickets for the kids and a parent for the Machester game on the 22nd, too) and have the guys practice in the evenings during that week. During the earlier, longer February 28 to March 14th lay off they should consider a series of exhibition games outside of the Halifax downtown. A game in Preston, a game in Sackville and/or Bedford, and maybe even take the show on the road to the Valley, or PEI or something. You’re paying the players/staff either way so why not play games in tiny gyms against local opponents as a marketing gimic? The season is already short so you don’t have to worry about fatigue as much, and you can give the bench guys some burn. What’s the downside to this?
A final, kind of strange note: Cochrane’s colum mostly deals with the talk of a new NHL team in Toronto. This has been huge news in Canada and as you can guess, the internet is full of people looking for info. Lots of those people typed “Toronto expansion team” into google to see what would come up; in a strange twist of fate my blog comes up as the first result. I was really curious as to why I was getting 100 hits more per day than I expected this week.