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Mudbugs on fence as CHL preps for 2011-2012

It’s been a tumultuous offseason for the Central Hockey League, and as officials prep for this weekend’s league meetings, the lineup for the 2011-2012 season remains in flux, as Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs ownership decides whether to return. The issue for the Bossier-Shreveport owners: money. The team’s been running at a loss — approximately $1.5 million over the last two years — ... Read More »

What will CHL look like next season?

With the Quad City Mallards and Odessa Jackalopes already gone from next year’s Central Hockey League lineup, the speculation now centers on who will be back, and who might not. The Quad City Mallards may have reported decent numbers at the gate — some 2,870 fans a game — but it wasn’t enough to keep the team afloat. “We’ve worked ... Read More »

Move to NAHL pays off for IceRays

Attendance at Corpus Christi IceRays games is down ever so slightly this season — only 130 fans a game — but with the drastically lowered operating costs engendered by the move from the pro CHL to the amateur NAHL, the team is on a much more solid financial footing. The team cut a slew of costs with the move, ranging ... Read More »

Three leagues pitch Evansville for new-arena lease

Three hockey leagues — the ECHL, the CHL and the USHL — have responded to a call from the city of Evansville for proposals to lease a new downtown arena slated to open in 2011. All three submitted detailed information about their leagues, teams and potential leases. All three are on solid financial footing. The CHL proposal came from the ... Read More »

Firland unveils Perani Arena renovations

On the eve of the first Michigan Warriors (NAHL) game at Perani Arena, Firland Management unveiled renovations to the Flint (Mich.) arena, including upgraded concessions and better arena lighting. The renovations total came to almost $1 million. They included included updated food service equipment, refreshed concession counters, enhanced ice surface lighting, new concourse lighting, fresh paint and other aesthetic improvements ... Read More »

IHL gives up efforts to place team in Flint; IceHawks fold

After being officially informed by Perani Arena officials that the arena management is committed to a lease signed with a new NAHL team, the IHL has given up efforts to place a team there for next season. Meanwhile, Kinney Entertainment announces it will fold the Port Huron IceHawks. The picture of what a merged CHL/IHL would look like became clearer ... Read More »

Generals to submit financial information to arena management

Fint Generals owner Brandon Bordeaux has been asked to submit detailed financial information about his team in anticipation of a new Perani Arena lease. Bordeaux told the local newspaper he didn’t see any problems submitting detailed information to Stanford Insurance Co., owner of the arena after a foreclosure. Of course, some of the financial information may be a little speculative: ... Read More »

Texas Tornado sold

The NAHL’s Texas Tornado has been sold, as Consolidated Sports Holdings — which also own the new Amarillo team in the circuit — purchases the junior franchise from Schlegel Sports Group. The new ownership group is led by Bill Yuill, president of Consolidated Sports Holdings USA, the firm buying an NAHL expansion franchise for Amarillo. “Since 1999, the Texas Tornado ... Read More »

NAHL expands to Amarillo

The junior North American Hockey League) (NAHL) has awarded an expansion franchise for Amarillo, Texas, to begin play for the 2010-11 season. The team, which is owned by a group headed by Bill Yuill, president of Consolidated Sports Holdings USA, Inc., will play its home games out of the 4,870-seat Cal Farley Coliseum in Amarillo. “Amarillo has championed a great ... Read More »

Will Generals make a play to stay in Flint?

A group of potential buyers for the Flint Generals (IHL) met with Perani Arena officials and toured the facility, leading some to wonder whether the IHL will make a play to stay in Flint despite a lease already signed for the arena by a NAHL team.   The buyers are from Indiana, and it’s not clear whether they’d want to ... Read More »

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