It’s a new time for Dayton hockey. The Dayton Demolition were unveiled yesterday (Broadcast from the Gem City Sports Network) (Footage from WDTN NBC Channel 2), replacing the Dayton Demonz. The Demolition will play at Hara Arena as a member of the Federal Hockey League, just as the Demonz done since the 2012-2013 season.
At the Englewood Buffalo Wild Wings, just north of the old hockey barn, fans got to meet the new owner Bill Dadds. Folks also got caught up with their friends and the new coaches of the Demolition, Head Coach Jack Collins and Assistant Coach/Forward Brett Wall. Both gentlemen are ingrained into the fabric of Dayton Hockey history. The Demolition’s colors will officially be red, yellow, and gray. The red color will stay from the previous season, as the Demonz were officially red, black, and white.
In the Federal Hockey League, there will only be one returning team from last year in the Danville (IL) Dashers. While there will be a team in Danbury, Connecticut again, it will not be the Whalers. Instead, they will be the Danbury Titans owned by Bruce Bennett. Also joining the league this year will be the Brewster (NY) Bulldogs, the Berlin (NH) River Drivers, and the Port Huron (MI) Prowlers. The 2014-2015 FHL Champions, the Watertown Wolves, will be inactive this season due to arena renovations.
I’m very excited to see what this 2015-2016 will bring. I hope you, the fan, are excited for it too. I’ll be sure to share as much as I can on my twitter, @theleewmowen. Follow the Dayton Demolition on Twitter, as more news continues to fly out during the off-season. Welcome in the Dayton Demolition!
Until next time,
I’d like to mention an award I’m in the running for, and I’d also like to ask you, the reader, for your help. I’m in the running for the 2014-2015 Federal Hockey League Broadcaster of the Year against four other nominees.
Demonz Rally with a 4-3 OT Win Over Danville
By Lee W. Mowen
DAYTON, OH. – The Dayton Demonz come away with two wins on
Opening Weekend against the Danville Dashers, winning just
mere seconds into the overtime frame 4-3 on Saturday Night.
It’s hockey time again in Dayton! The Dayton Demonz are back on the ice for their second season in the Federal Hockey League. After falling just short of the FHL Commissioner’s Cup last year, the Demonz look to Hoist the Cup in 2013-2014.
As the play-by-play announcer, I’m excited for the season to continue on. I say continue, as the Demonz have played in two games already (with the third game tonight on Nov. 8th.) Dayton is 2-0 on the season, having won 9-2 in Danville, Illinois and 11-2 at home versus the Dashers. Tonight, we have the defending champion Danbury Whalers coming into town.
The Demonz are now lead by Head Coach Trevor Karasiewicz, a former Dayton Demon from last season, in his first ever coaching job. Assistant Coach Jack Collins also returns to the Demonz.
There are five returning players from the 2012-13 squad, including Jesse Felten, Ahmed Mahfouz (or FOOOOOOOOOOOUZ if you’re in Hara Arena), Tim Recio, Brian Marks, and goalie Tony Tabisz (a Kettering, Ohio native.)
Some of the newcomers include Dayton-native Lee McClure, who was a member of the Danville Dashers before making a jump into the Southern Professional Hockey League. Also new to this squad is Wehebe Darge, an Australian native, playing his first season in professional hockey. We also have “The Amazing Race (season 22)” winner in Anthony Battaglia as the Captain, ECHL journeyman Shaun Fisher, and many more additions to the team.
The entire roster can be viewed here.
With only three other teams in the Federal Hockey League this year, the whole goal is stability. We need these four franchises to stay together. I personally think it will, although the task at hand is not easy. What makes these teams special is the fanbases. I know people here in Dayton love them some hockey (seeing as I am a Daytonian, I can say that with some authority.) The Danbury Whalers have the most passionate fanbase in the league,and the Danville Dasher fans packed the house in their only home game of the season thusfar. I also see the Watertown Privateer fans/boosters sharing a lot of information on various FHL groups as well.
This year, the Demonz are doing more for the fans. There’s more events, more give-aways. I think we’ll see more people through those Hara gates this season.
As the broadcaster, I feel like this season is going to be special. I’d love for you, the reader, to join me on the trip. While I’m only back for the home games (because of my job and the need to continue to receive income), I’ll have the call of all the games at Hara Arena.
If you’d like to watch the action, come down to Hara Arena (where tickets are between $7.50-$12.50) or watch the game live on LiveSportsVideo (the fee is $6.00.) If you’re more the radio type, we have an audio feed for free on the Gem City Sports Network (and the games are archived there, too.)
This 2013-2014 season already feels special. We still got a lot of hockey to play, though!
Let’s play catch-up soon, readers.
Until next time,