As Yogi Berra used to say, “it’s deja vu all over again.” The Dayton Bombers have officially folded and the Dayton Gems are back to play IHL hockey at Hara Arena… I grew up on this staple of hockey, and the names are from “Christmas Past” of over 30 years ago — Guy Trottier, Warren Back… Ft Wayne, Port Huron, Muskegon. This is unexpected… What other cliche can I throw at you? Oh yeah, “What goes around, comes around”.
We’ll probably try out 10 games or so at that dilapidated excuse for an arena called Hara (my sons learned to drive a car in the crumbling Hara parking lot). In the interest of full disclosure: I actually worked at Hara in the late 70’s and practically lived there playing hockey in my youthful days.
We’ll have to check out the quality of play in the IHL. While the Bombers played in the “AA” ECHL, I believe that the IHL is “A” level of hockey… I did notice that the Gems signed a decent Bombers player, Greg Labenski.