Here's some of the highlights that were discussed during this morning's Adirondack Flames press conference:
The biggest highlight is that the Adirondack Flames will be opening their 2014 home schedule on Saturday, October 11th as they debut "Saturday Night is Hockey Night in Glens Falls", a concept that they hope will result in all or most Saturday night games being played in front of a full Glens Falls Civic Center.
In addition, eight home dates, which includes the home-opener, has been guaranteed by the American Hockey League. Seven of them will be on Saturdays, with the eight being played on a holiday that is a time-honored tradition in Glens Falls.
During the press conference, Brian Petrovek noted that time is his greatest opponent as the Flames are rebuilding their front office from the ground up. He also noted that all usage of the Adirondack Flames "A" logo will require either "Adirondack" or "ADK" underneath the logo, due to the trademarks surrounding the old Atlanta logo.
Merchandise will go on sale, including jerseys and other products carrying the Adirondack Flames logo, in August.
In addition, Petrovek hinted once again about a possibility of the Flames having to face a Western Conference schedule. He alluded to how it's not the ideal setup, but mentioned that fans would get to see a new variety of teams visiting the Glens Falls Civic Center. The official announcement of the conference/division alignment for the American Hockey League will be announced during the American Hockey League Board of Governors meeting at Hilton Head, South Carolina just after Independence Day. While remarking about igniting a rivalry with the Utica Comets, affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks, Petrovek noted that rivalries might require more than one season to fully develop.
He also wants to get more than the immediate Glens Falls area involved in Adirondack Flames hockey, reaching out to nearby Saratoga Springs and even Rutland, Vermont when it comes to newspaper, radio and television. He quipped briefly about a radio network, although no radio broadcasting plans are in place at this time for the upcoming 2014-15 season.
More details about individual game tickets, flex packages, promotions, and front office staff will be coming in the near future.