Why The Next Steps For The Peterborough Petes Are Crucial To Struggling Franchise

It is abundantly clear: The Peterborough Petes are no longer the must watch team they were in their heyday.

The crowds are sparse and quiet; the players give it their all but the product on the ice isn't up to par; it's no longer a coveted thing to play for the Petes (look at the number of players who have asked to be traded in recent years); it's no longer a "hot" ticket to go to a game; the Petes experience is not the entertainment spectacle or buzz factor it should be; and the Board and coaching staff have not developed a clear vision or strategy for how to get the franchise back on track.

Local boy and WIND Mobile co-founder Mike O'Connor came forward earlier this year with an offer to buy the Petes as part of a group called NorthLight Entertainment. He articulated a clear vision to bring them into the 21st century as far as marketing and business savvy and social media and such—and has talked about possibly even building an arena downtown someday, something he reiterated on KRUZ FM earlier this week. And Mike still wants the team, he told us such.

There's no question the Petes fanbase is aging and is in effect dying off—it's not like the Lakers fanbase which has a wide demographic and is attracting youth with its "cool" factor including the entertainment and product on the field, not to mention that most of their games sellout. The status quo isn't working for the Petes. For people to pay their hard earned money to go to a game and buy tickets, use the concession stands and buy Petes merchandise, they have to know it's going to a team with a clear vision and that wants to win over anything else. Would-be Petes fans have a lot of other choices for how to spend their time and their money, so they have to know it will be an "experience" to go to a Petes game, whether it's a date night or bringing the kids or going with buddies.

Now sports reporter Mike Davies from The Examiner reports that the Peterborough Petes board of directors will be making new, crucial additions to their board, as several have stepped down. Petes president Jim Devlin says at least two vacancies will be filled, and that they are looking for candidates , "younger guys", with a hockey background and expertise in business and finance—and the deadline for applicants to submit resumes is December 15th

Those positions are key to determining the future of the Petes, a once storied franchise. But are those additions enough? The Board and the organization has to admit that what they're doing now isn't working. Not even close. Tweaking the organization isn't sufficient. A radical new vision and marketing strategy—an overhaul—is needed to save the Petes, and right the ship. And be a competitive team again where players want to play for them and fans want to watch.

Remember 1996? That's what we need to get back to (along with 21st century entertainment/social media):

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Great Plaid Men's Wear Is 40% Off Right Now At Zellers

As Zellers liquidates their inventory, plaid wearers rejoice as clothing is now 40% off.

There are also a select few Peterborough Petes clothing still available too.

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]

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Peterborough Petes and Habitat for Humanity Team Up


This Thursday (March 3rd) night's Petes game against the Brampton Batallion at the Peterborough Memorial Centre will help raise funds and awareness to our local branch of Habitat for Humanity.  When buying your tickets, use the promotional code "Habitat" and you will save $5.50—and $2 of that will go directly towards the builds taking place this year. Come on out and cheer for the home team and help out a great cause! 

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Julie Morris]

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Must Watch: The Peterborough Petes Attempt To Sing "12 Days of Christmas"

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Stuff To Do In The Patch This Weekend

Friday: 

Showplace Performance Centre presents A Celtic Christmas with Barra MacNeils (Tickets $50.75 - 8 p.m.)

Saturday:

Peterborough Santa Claus Parade (4:45 p.m. - 6 p.m.) George Street

Peterborough Petes vs. Windsor Spitfires (7 p.m. - Tickets)

Showplace Performance Centre presents Elvis: The Wonderful World of Christmas (Tickets $42 - 8 p.m.)

Mid-Life Crisis in Concert (8 p.m. - $15) at The Venue

Sunday:

T.A.S.S. presents A Big Band Christmas (Tickets $20 - Adults - 3 p.m.)

"Yule Be Cool" Christmas Concert with The Peterborough Pop Ensemble (7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Free with donation) Northminister United Church


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Stuff to Do in the Patch This Weekend

Looking for something to do in Peterborough this weekend?

Friday:

Peterborough Fall Psychic Fair (3 p.m. to 9 p.m. - $5) Evinrude Centre 

21st Annual Autumn Treasures Fine Art & Craft Show (4 p.m. to 9 p.m. - $3.50) Trentwinds International Centre 

Royal Wood with Hannah Georgas (7:30 - Sold Out) Gordon Best Theater

Saturday:

Peterborough Fall Psychic Fair (10 a.m. to 9 p.m. - $5) Evinrude Centre

21st Annual Autumn Treasures Fine Art & Craft Show (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - $3.50) Trentwinds International Centre 

Our Space Fall Gala (6 p.m. to 10 p.m. - $25) Adam Scott CVI

Peterborough Lions Club & Peterborough Theatre Guild present a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre (Tickets $20, Proceeds towards the James FundPeterborough Lions Centre
 
 

Sunday:

Peterborough Fall Psychic Fair (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - $5) Evinrude Centre

21st Annual Autumn Treasures Fine Art & Craft Show (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - $3.50) Trentwinds International Centre 

A Century of Toys (Noon to 5 p.m.) Peterborough Museum & Archives

 
Looking for a quick bite between each event? Try the new hotspot El Camino's on George Street!

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Stuff to Do in the Patch This Weekend

Looking for something to do in Peterborough this weekend?

Friday

- Corb Lund and The Hurtin' Albertans (8 p.m - $35) Showplace

- Little Lake Cemetery Twilight Pageant (Tours run every 15 mins starting at 6:30 p.m. - $20) Little Lake Cemetery

Saturday

- Breakfast with Dean Del Mastro (8 a.m. to 10 a.m) Peterborough Naval Association (Map)

- Winter Gear Swap (10 a.m to 4 p.m.) Wild Rock

Daytime Pumpkin Festival (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. - $5, Kids under 3 are Free) Buckhorn Berry Farm (Map)

- Haunted Halloween (1 p.m. to 4 p.m - $3) The Hutchinson House

- Zombie Walk 2010 (6 p.m. - Free) Have You Seen (Map

Little Lake Cemetery Twilight Pageant (Tours run every 15mins starting at 6:30 p.m. - $20) Little Lake Cemetery

- Ottawa vs. Peterborough Petes (7 p.m. - Ticket Prices) Memorial Centre

- Steel Toes and Stilettos (7 p.m - $75) Market Hall

- Could You Wait? A Wartime Musical (8 p.m - $43 adult, $38 senior) Showplace

Sunday

Daytime Pumpkin Festival (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. - $5, Kids under 3 are Free) Buckhorn Berry Farm (Map


**Have fun trick-or-treating on Sunday night and remember to follow these safety tips.

 
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"Rink of Ribbons" Petes Fundraiser for Canadian Cancer Society

As the Examiner reports, for a second straight year our Peterborough Petes and the Canadian Cancer Society have teamed up for a great cause. Last year, "Pink the Rink" raised more than $55,000; this year's event is called "Rink of Ribbons" (to include raising money for all types of cancer research), and takes place Saturday, Feb. 5, when the Petes host the Sudbury Wolves.

Former Pete (and NHL player) Doug Evans and Petes assistant coach Wayne Clark were named honourary chairmen of the event. See more from them in the video below.

[Rink of Ribbons YouTube video; The Peterborough Examiner]

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A New Season Begins Tonight: Go Petes Go!

PtboPic: The Boys are Back in Town (Go Petes Go!)

[photo submitted by PtboCanada contributor @petedalliday, the voice of the Peterborough Petes on @kruzfm]

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