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5/24/2012 9:46:00 PM
Letter: Arizona Sundogs staff changes don't sit well

EDITOR:

The summer of 2004, my wife and I settled in the area and shortly thereafter learned about the new stadium coming to town with a new pro hockey team.

At the time I had very little interest in hockey but was interested in the new happenings in my new hometown. With enthusiasm, I watched the building go up and even got to sign the final steel beam. When my number came up for season tickets my brother and I picked our seats and anxiously awaited the first game.

Although the Arizona Sundogs lost that first home game, I was hooked. I became a committed fan to the team and my favorite player, team captain Chris Bartolone. I don't know why the coaching staff was removed mid-season without warning but I was very much saddened by the sudden disappearance of Mr. Bartolone, a 1,000-game hockey veteran and THE face of the Sundogs.

As a fan and paying customer I would like the new owners to consider the valuable asset they have discarded haphazardly.

Lee Beattie

Prescott Valley

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, May 28, 2012
Article comment by: Lee Beattie

The letter I shared about Chris Bartolone and the Arizona Sundogs was not really about poor coaching or even a sour win/loss record. Mr. Bartolone may very well have been part of the assistant coaching changes but I am referring to his value as THE face of the franchise and the owners not using him in another visible capacity. Chris made a commitment to the town and settled his family here. We honor this veteran by displaying his retired jersey in our stadium. Let us continue to honor him by using his face and presence as a representative of Prescott Valleys very own professional Sundogs hockey team.

Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2012
Article comment by: George Stull

The Head coach Pietrinero was fired because he was a horrible coach. Barts was let go because the Central Hockey League are no longer using assistant coacing staff. It wasn't because Bartolone was a bad coach, matter of fact, I like Chris as a person, and a role model. Marco Pietrinero however needed to go a long long time ago. We should have a great upcoming season with the new Owners, Coaching, and Players.

Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2012
Article comment by: J D

I used to work at the arena during the hockey games as a volunteer. I did that for 3 years. 3 years of hardly ever missing a game, 3 years of running around that arena back and forth, and 2 of those years were worked while holding either 1 or 2 jobs as well, 1 of which was a graveyard shift job. That was from 2007-2010. After the 2009-2010 season I tried to get a paying job there. I had so many people there referencing me, even people who I didn't know knew my name. It never happened. I never even got any kind of interview, and as far as I know not even any kind of consideration. But when the following season came around my phone was blowing up from those folks asking, and some begging, me to come back as a volunteer. No, I did not return there.
My whole point is that to those people, dedication obviously doesn't matter. Even if you've fixed a number of problems that suddenly occurred, they don't care. Some of the people who have it good through that arena are just because of who they know. Sadly they're also the ones who have a good amount of control over what goes on there. That's a large part of the reason as to why that arena is going downhill. I'm somewhat surprised it's not closed already but there's people who have so much money to throw that way.
I don't know exactly what all went on with the team and coaching staff because I didn't have access to that sort of information, plus they weren't allowed to disclose that either. But hopefully you kind of get my point.


Posted: Friday, May 25, 2012
Article comment by: NOT A FAN

Great players don't always make coach's. It happens.

Posted: Friday, May 25, 2012
Article comment by: Slap Shot

Perhaps it's because they were/are the worst team in the league and the coaching stunk... Yes, I know it seems unfair to fire the coaching staff for poor performance, but this is pro sports not little league. If a team is in the cellar and showing no signs of turning it around, more times than not the coach gets the ax.



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