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Owner Seeks Investing Teammate

Ironmen’s Yamada Hoping To Find Financial Partners

February 15, 2013

Despite attendance that has not reached expectations this season, the Jamestown Ironmen aren’t looking to leave the city any time soon. Recently, several articles on JuniorHockey....

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Feb-16-13 1:01 AM

"Build it and they won't come" is the name of this movie.

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Feb-15-13 1:17 PM

Don't tell me this three-year boon-doggle is going to end in a whimper?

Surely the owner can run up an expensive tab charged to the arena facilities' manager and then take a G6 out of town, like he did the last time.

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Feb-15-13 8:56 AM

The Ironmen are great to watch. Its fun. Its cheap. Its in town. It didnt go through a strike. I'll be going to the game tonight. My advice is to get rid of the creepy mascot and change your saturday night start times. 5 pm is too early for a lot of people, in my opinion. I thought the Jets were great and I was sad to hear of all the drama that went down. Business owners and the community need to realize that it may takes time to get people aware of new features in the community. Have patience.

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Feb-15-13 7:59 AM

I've been to a few games and know some of the players. The team as a whole is a pleasure to watch and the individual kids are very good players. Great product and great kids.

My worry is the track record of this owner seems to be repeating...or at least the possibility of repeating is upon us.

Plan A - Is finding an investor - great solution, but...

Plan B - ???

What is Plan B. Has The Arena, Gebbie or even the City been involved in a strategies sessions to find a Plan B.

If we lose the Ironmen, Jamestown will not get a chance at this level of hockey again. It would be a shame to lose this level of hockey and even though Yamada is ultimately responsible for the team's success or failure, it would be nice if our strategic and visionary public and community leaders have a plan A of their own...just in case.

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Feb-15-13 7:33 AM

I agree more could be done to raise awareness about the team and the quality of hockey they bring to Jamestown. I've been to a few games this year and was impressed with the speed and skills of some of the players. It it really isn't that expensive, relatively speaking. It's a shame more people aren't going.

I would also point out the website that cited here isn't the best place to go to get reliable information. The one writer for the website has had an axe to grind with the owner of the Ironmen and with the Ice Arena ever since it ended its contract with the Jamestown Jets in 2011. He seems to go overboard, sensationalizing stories from Jamestown and over-hyping any bit of news he sniffs out. Take anything written on that site with a grain of salt.

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Feb-15-13 6:54 AM

I think the rink management us doing a very poor job promoting the Ironmen.

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