So, something really cool could be happening, and you could have a chance to help get it off the ground.
Slapshot Productions have started a crowdfunding project on pledgeme.co.nz to get the NZIHL Grand Final available for livestreaming. The Grand Final is to be played this coming Saturday between the Southern Stampede and the Canterbury Red Devils, at the Stampede’s home rink in Queenstown, New Zealand.
If the hockey community can get together $2000, we can get this thing off the ground — if even a fifth of the people who turn up at the rinks every week throw in $5 this thing is done and sorted.
If you’re in Australia and already mourning the end of the season (especially if you’ve been enjoying watching the Newcastle North Stars and Melbourne Ice streaming their games this season!) — get yourself at least one more weekend of hockey to watch!
If you’re in North America and looking ahead at the grim prospect of a lockout as the big money guys in suits fight it out… then why not throw five bucks this way to help out down here? It would be awesome for hockey in the South Pacific to get another livestreamed event on the calendar, and if it works out, as a reward: you get to watch hockey!
As you may or may not be aware, this game is going to be between the Stampede — who, after a tough start to the season that saw them second from the bottom of the table at the mid-point then went on to clean up, with an eight game winning streak to sneak in on the last day of competition and not just make the finals, but get home ice advantage — and the Red Devils, who’ve been playing incredibly well all season, and very nearly won the minor premiership. Supporters from Christchurch will be bussing in; Queenstown more or less sells out their rink weekly as it is; it’s going to be loud, proud and a damn fine game.
So please: help the NZIHL help you watch it.
Some notes: I haven’t used PledgeMe myself until now, but if you’re concerned, here’s a good article on them from the Dom Post.
If you do have any questions about crowdfunding generally, I’ve done a lot of it for various projects, so I can probably answer generalised queries.
If you have questions more specifically about this fundraiser, there’s a comment section on the PledgeMe page where Slapshot Productions should be able to get back to you, or you could contact them over Twitter. I’ve only ever had excellent experiences with crowdfunding, for what that’s worth.
And remember: if we don’t make the goal amount, then NO money comes out of your pocket. So obviously only pledge the amount you are prepared to pay, but even if you can manage five bucks, it all adds up. If you need some extra sweetening on the prospect, there’s a tonne of pledge rewards available, ranging from the stream itself, to tickets for games next season, all the way up to plugs on the stream and in the NZIHL newsletter to a team jersey and season passes for major sponsors.
Please do spread this link around as much as possible!
…and if you’ll excuse me, now I’m going back to the final three minutes of the AIHL Final between the North Stars and the Ice. (Holy crap, that was a good save, Martin.) Livestreaming: making hockey fans happy since ages ago!