Townie, as someone originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and now living in the Corner Brook area, I agree with you that the city wants everything, but its citizens do nothing to help. That selfishness is a major problem with this city as well.
In addition, Corner Brookers will only purchase goods or services from shops that are Corner Brook owned and operated, meaning that its residents are also xenophobic.
If a business is not Corner Brooker owned or operated, then they will likely not succeed.
After Liverpool lost its pulp and paper mill despite help from the Nova Scotia Government, I think that Corner Brook will be next.
Posted: 8/24/2012 9:20:07 PM
Greeley is a waste of rations. When are the people of Corner Brook going to send him packing?
Posted: 8/23/2012 9:03:15 PM
Ed. A :
just wondering why they did not call them the deer lake red wings. i for one did not mind paying the ticket price if the quality of hockey kept up with the rise in prices. most games i saw the players did not even give 50%. if you play like that in deer lake you will not get the fans. don't laugh yet. don't forget who has the best laugh. good luck. $850,000 from the taxpayers of corner brook is a lot of money for a population of 20,000. besides that there is minor hockey players leaving every year because the fees are way too high. people can no longer afford to have their kids in the most expensive sport. dare i ask if there is something wrong with the way the pepsi center is run. why is it so expensive to run when the two rinks are taken care of by one crew?
Posted: 8/23/2012 9:02:36 PM
the mayor must be asleep at the meeting if he didn,t hear it bought up
Posted: 8/23/2012 5:38:17 PM
Yawn, yawn. I am a die hard hockey fan... but this is all just tooooooo boring. Most NL'ers really don't care.
Posted: 8/23/2012 4:28:08 PM
Typical of the crowd from Corner Brook, wants everything but does nothing to help. Take a page out of Dannys book when it comes to hockey,the Mile One is full every night in St.Johns, can't get a ticket for a game if your life depended on it. The Pulp and Paper mill is next just wait. Get off yer arses and help out, you guys want everything for free.......
Posted: 8/23/2012 4:06:51 PM
HEY GREELY AND COUNCIL MEMBERS.. THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL FOR ALL OF YOU...
Posted: 8/23/2012 3:51:50 PM
Wow the size of Corner Brook and they subsidize the arena $850,000. That's like St.John's subsidizeing Mile One a much bigger facilty with higher revenues about 6 million a year. How many people live in Corner Brook? It sounds like a lot of support from Corner Brook council to its sporting community that uses the building.
Posted: 8/23/2012 3:43:00 PM
Remember it is just business CB did own the royals therefore they did not owe them anything
Never heard of a any other business going to a city or town for sponsorship unless they could generate revenue that is why they have limited sponsors to date
You can sell more hotel rooms to a prov sport tournament over one weekend then you can over a full season of prov hockey
Don't forget they do not call it the 50/ 25 draw for nothing big reason why fans call it a joke
Posted: 8/23/2012 3:28:33 PM
Yawn! I like playing hockey for the fun and exercise but as far as watching high paid players play it or paying the kings ransom to watch other high paid players play it well I just don't bother with that anymore.Just waaay to much politics and crap attached to it now.
Posted: 8/23/2012 1:48:03 PM
No Pay :
To those that think these players should be paid, well if that is the case every player should receive an equal share of the pot. All revenues should be captured by the league, League (refs, game ice time, and other game related costs) and paid first than Team Expenses (ice time, registrations, insurances and other team related costs (not paying players even with equipment)) and than the remaining money be equally shared between the players based on games played. Revenues from the playoff would only be distributed between the teams that make the playoffs.
Yes it is a big business - but NAHA Senior hockey will die again if something isn't done to prevent teams from wasting money on players that really don't deserve it.
Posted: 8/23/2012 1:26:20 PM
Sad Sack :
Don't see why they just do not move it all to sin johns
Posted: 8/23/2012 12:58:47 PM
Whats wrong with you voters of Corner Brook putting in a Mayor and councilors who seem to be keeping your city back. You voters have nobody to blame only yourselves. Remember in any election ponder who is best to serve the people of your city and now the DeerLake hockey team.
Posted: 8/23/2012 12:03:23 PM
For all those who suggest that the players not be paid because it's amateur. I'd like to know how you expect these players to make such a large commitment on their part and then play for nothing? This isn't a weekend game here and there. It's a well organized sport where players have to commit a large portion of their time and energy to play. They should be paid. How much is a matter of debate I guess. To expect them to do it for nothing is pretty petty if you ask me.
With regards to the team leaving Corner Brook? Their loss is Deer Lakes gain I guess. If the fans were not supporting the team in CB then I guess there was no sense in staying. $15 a ticket sounds reasonable to me. A cheap night out compared to other entertainment.
Seems like there is a lot of dissatifaction with the council. To just say the team was insignificant is very poor judgement. WHat is it with CB as of late? They seem to be shooting themselves in the foot a lot. Other towns of that size seem to be doing really well but Corner Brook seems to be stumbling along blindly and making it hard to do business in a time when it should be so easy? I have heard it is very hard to do business in CB and now I'm starting to believe it.
Posted: 8/23/2012 11:14:29 AM
Jack, totally agree with what you said.
I think cutting off CFCB from broadcasting the games was a big part of this. As well as the poor marketing.
This not only affects us fans, but also the Kinsman Canteen. They will be losing a lot of money due to this.
Posted: 8/23/2012 10:40:10 AM
Keep it amateur. No pros. No imports. No salaries. Then it will all be on the same level. It's become a greedy business. Council in Corner Brook is a joke.
Posted: 8/23/2012 9:46:40 AM
What exactly did the council in Corner Brook do wrong? If the so-called fans don't support this team, then why should the city ? They did the right thing. And yes, salaries have a large part in this. We can't even a good concert here because of a lack of support.
Posted: 8/23/2012 9:31:54 AM
Too bad the City of Corner Brook will not implement a practice similar to American States, recall Neville Greeley and let the people decide if he should be removed from office.
If Greeley is removed from office, he should be replaced with a competent leader having a business and/or management background.
Posted: 8/23/2012 9:29:20 AM
Wow. Good for Deer Lake. From what I'm reading here, it sounds like they are a town encouraging growth. I think Corner Brook Town Council will kick themselves for this move down the road.
Posted: 8/23/2012 9:25:54 AM
Great to see Deer Lake with a team. Too bad Corner Brook. As for those who complain about paid players, well wkae up and try to find some way to support them. There is no going back. You have to love the calibre of play in NL senior hockey. Bring it on. As for the cost, the same people that complain about paying $15.00 per ticket would probably spend more than that if they were to take in any other Saturday evening activity. Go Bous Go. Can't wait for the Western Stars.
Posted: 8/23/2012 9:21:30 AM
While most Corner Brookers will point the blame finger on Neville Greeley, I say that Ross Coates should take some blame for the Corner Brook Royals' demise, not just Neville Greeley.
Ross Coates should responsibility due as he significantly increased ticket prices, forced CFCB and Rogers Television to stop media broadcasts of these games and cut off fan and sponsorship support access in the process, high salaries, and poor Marketing skills.
Corner Brook City Hall should bear some responsibility due to poor leadership, poor business climate, increased taxes, regulatory abuse similar to Rodney MacDonald, outsiders are not allowed to run for Corner Brook Mayor, and also "Greek Syndrome" meaning implementing too much red tape.
The good news is that Neville Greeley will not be mayor again come the 2013 Municipal Elections.
Hopefully, Corner Brook City Hall and its people will clean up their act in time for the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games or Special Olympics Canada will strip Corner Brook of its right to host the games.
Getting rid of anti-business government "red tape" and culture is a great start.
Posted: 8/23/2012 9:19:49 AM
Mr. Ed :
Again, I say Greely has to go, first he informed voters that he would retire from the RNC if he was elected as mayor. Next, his blunder on how he handeled the firefighters strike and now the lost of the CB Royals, and to call it "Insignificate". Disappointing! I also know other big fast food outlets such as Boston Pizza, Wendy's & Burger King were not allowed to setup in Corner Brook. It seems that Deer Lake is getting a new hotel, the Western Royals and Burger King. That's a grand slam! What did Corner Brook get? How about egg on the face of council & empty seats at the Pepsi Centre. It seems like the person running the Pepsi Center will soon be challenged with finding more business to keep the lights on. Not many big concerts if any there as well. Poor vision from all sides. Only peole with common sense is the mill workers.
Posted: 8/23/2012 8:40:56 AM
Old timer hockey player :
Here we go again, when will the teams realize that this is an amateur league, stop paying players and maybe the league will survive - paying players shut down the league in the late 1980's. Can't we learn from past mistakes!!!
Posted: 8/23/2012 8:16:25 AM
I am not surprised by this move by the Corner Brook Council, they seem to have a handle on nothing. As for the people who say it was because of salaries, get a life. What about all the revenue the team brings to Corner Brook with visiting teams and the money the spend on accomadidations, food, etc. I think you will always have your nay-sayers but it takes someone with vision to see what opportunities having a hockey team in your community brings.
Good luck to the team, and Mayor Greely, you will wish you had to support the team when they do grat in Deer Lake. Your loss is their gain.
Posted: 8/23/2012 8:13:11 AM
Cats Fan :
Welcome to the new Western Royals, Can't wait to see another game in Deer Lake where fans appreciate and will support their team. Even better a brand new Airport Hotel to house their visitors. As for the city council, you lose again bad leadership when you refuse to support a local hockey team and your local businesses.
Posted: 8/23/2012 7:56:23 AM
It's the salaries of these teams. I'll bet they moved to avoid taxes they owe. Typical business move, close up shop,wipe out debt and open up elsewhere. Don't be asking cities to support a team in a league with out of control salaries and expenses. I'm from town and wouldn't want the city to support any team unless a major benefit to the city could be proved. Corner Brook council I commend you. I love senior hockey but the buck did stop here. We all knew it was coming.
Posted: 8/23/2012 7:45:23 AM
Is this the start of the end?? You can't call this league-- with its salaries or whatever you want to call these expenses-- an amateur league. I suspect the cost for tickets will take an upward swing this season.
Posted: 8/23/2012 7:26:04 AM
Council calls the team "insignificant" yet are surprised to hear of their move. Another classic Greely moment.