Saturday, January 30, 2010


More details have been released on the score clock renovations at Harbour Station.

Unlike Station Nation first predicted, the new clock will not at all look like the one at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH. Instead, it will much better with a wide screen high definition video board with the score placed below it.

The Sea Dogs and Harbour Station created the picture that can be seen above of what the new clock will look like. The score board part will likely be different because there is no room for shots on goal.

Of course, the talk about the new clock quickly turned into more rumblings about hosting the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

"It's an absolute must for the Saint John Sea Dogs because I know they are working hard to move forward to host the Memorial Cup in 2012," Energy Minister Jack Keir, representing the provincial government, said Friday to the Telegraph-Journal.

Keir was pumped about the announcement on News 88.9, sayng he would buy season tickets if the Sea Dogs host the Memorial Cup in 2012.

Harbour Station general manager Mike Caddell gave away some of the things fans can expect out of the new clock in today’s newspaper.

"It gives us an opportunity to compete with some of the bigger markets," he said. "When we have a full video board, we can do more wrestling, boxing and things like that. It's the equivalent of having your HD TV at home.”

Saint John mayor, Ivan Court, had some confusing words about the announcement.

"We have the number one team in the country in this building and people are going to have an opportunity to see them up close," said the mayor. Who knew watching the clock gets you closer to the action than sitting by the glass.

Possible uses would be to broadcast the Super Bowl at Harbour Station or show an important Sea Dogs games from out of town, at the arena on a large high definition screen, said Caddell. The larger screens will use the same technology recently unveiled at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

The clock will be retrofitted this spring and will take two weeks to complete, meaning it will be ready for Sea Dogs training camp come August.

Other than hockey, the clock will used at trade shows, conventions, and attract more wrestling and boxing events.

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