Karmanos Issues Challenge To Fans

Posted: June 1, 2014 in 2014-15, News

Peter Karmanos Jr. talking with the media after the press conference announcing the new head coach and general manager of the Plymouth Whalers. Photo: Keith Dotson

 …if you spend any time at all watching junior hockey and given an opportunity, and get to know these kids are watching them on the ice and realize the passion they play with, and the dream they’re trying to capture. It’s an amazing ride and if some of our fan base that loved to watch pro hockey would just come to a few games so they can start to capture who these kids are. I think they be amazed at what not only what great hockey it is, but these kids, and how hard they work and their desire.

Those were the words of newly hired General Manager Mark Craig at the press conference introducing him this past Friday. This comes after some not so happy news from the team owner Peter Karmanos Jr. Karmanos said if the Whalers can’t increase attendance next season, he would consider selling the team.

“Well to be frank about it, it’s tough running an OHL team in a major league city. Our attendance has been good, but it’s not great. You look down 401 and you see the London Knights selling out every game, you know that if you had to sell the team you might want to move it to one of those cities, rather than keep it playing here. Like I’ve said, it’s become an expensive business, it’s a big business. If we could get the attendance where we think it should be here, I think the future is great. If we continue to draw a couple thousand people a game, we’ll have to take a look at some options.”

The Whalers are playing in Plymouth this year, but after that nothing is written in stone.

“Right now, it’s the Plymouth Whalers and they’re playing out of this arena, they’ll be here at least another season, and we’ll just have to keep evaluating. When you put a quality product on the ice and you win every year and you’re in the playoffs for 23 straight years, sooner or later, people have to start coming.” Karmanos added.

So now the Whalers front office needs to find a way to fill seats without giving away tickets, and that starts by getting people to sign up to be season ticket holders.

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