Danbury Hat Tricks Executive on Why Opposing Fans Hate Them
The Danbury Hat Tricks are the #1 ranked team in the FPHL, they have an emerging star on their roster and, it appears opposing fans hate them.
With all of the hype around the Hat Tricks, we thought it would be a good time to speak to someone inside the organization so that is exactly what we did on Tuesday (3/14/23). Danbury Hat Tricks Executive/Team Partner Herm Sorcher joined us on the I-95 Morning Show to catchup on everything Hat Tricks. Here are the highlights or you can listen to the entire interview at the bottom of the page.
Why does it appear the opposing fans hate Danbury?
"It is strange, there always is this Danbury inferiority complex it seems that so many other fan bases have. They want to tee off on us all the time. I don't know if that stems from the Trashers or a Northeast bias or something, maybe it is the way we carry ourselves? I don't know but a lot of teams don't like us and I think we're a pretty solid group here. But that is OK, I think we feed off it and we thrive on it."
Do you attribute any of the negativity from opposing fans to the rowdy nature of your Section 102 fans?
"There you go. I think that probably is it. Let me tell you, that section has evolved and led to so many other good things in the Danbury Ice Arena. We've got Section 102, we've got the Animal House, we have the 208's. the 207 crew. Really, such a shout out to the people of Section 102 because they started it. Actually, the fans in New Haven Section 14 started it and that transferred up to Danbury Section 102. The things they say, and I know this group can get a bad wrap and some things are just fabricated. This is a group of fans that do the research, they know the players, they know what to say and they know how to get under skin. But they do it in a reasonably above-board, fair way. So, there is a line of what you can say but I think they stay within the lines of good fandom. You know from there you have the Animal House crew in the 200 section, these guys are basically hanging over the rail screaming at the players, screaming at the goalies. The rink is 200' X 85' so if you're saying the rink is 85 feet in width, the goal is 6' x 4' so when Ron Rogell and his crew is screaming at you, I'd say they are 38 feet away. So imagine standing 38 feet away from someone and yelling at them, they can hear you, that is the bottom line. They can hear everything you're saying. They really become part of the game because you can see, they take players off their game and the players on the ice are engaging with them."
What about Daniel Amesbury? You have a star on and off the ice?
"Daniel Amesbury is far and above, so much more than we expected. With a guy like that, there are so many more opportunities for him to hone his craft and everything. He's been in two "Rough N' Rowdy" programs already this year, he actually played pro lacrosse one game up in Binghamton, probably about a month ago. He's a fantastic guy, he's been going to all of our community appearances and I cannot say enough good things about him."
Listen to the full version of our Herm Sorcher interview below. Herm goes into more detail about Daniel Amesbury's success, the fans and the upcoming Alumni Night at the Danbury Ice Arena.
The next Danbury Hat Tricks home game is Saturday March 18th when the Watertown Wolves come to town. That evening three members of former professional Danbury hockey teams will be inducted into the team's ring of honor.