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Leipold: I’ll Help Bring USHL to Racine


Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold says he will help bring a USHL franchise to Racine, if officials approve a proposal for a new arena.

As we noted on Wednesday, it was reported by Racine officials that a prospective owner has expressed interest in placing a team in the city. That is contingent on a current proposal that calls for a new venue to attract a Milwaukee Bucks D-League team.

At the time, the owner’s name was kept under wraps, but Leipold has come forward. More from the Racine Journal Times:

“If a Downtown arena is something the Racine community wants, and will support, then I commit my best efforts to bring a United States Hockey League team to the new arena,” Leipold said in a statement. “The excitement of hockey would be a great fit for our hometown.”

Specifics about what role Leipold would play weren’t known Wednesday. John Maher, the Wild’s vice president of brand, content and communications, said Leipold is “excited about the potential of this arena-hotel project in his hometown, and this is a way that he can show support if that can help make it happen.”

 An arena feasibility study released Tuesday stated that an unnamed USHL team owner “has expressed interest in locating a team in Racine as soon as a new facility is ready.” The USHL is a junior hockey league for players under 20 years old and a training ground for the National Hockey League.
Currently the arena is expected to seat 3,800 spectators, and cost around $40 million. County officials are mulling how to fund the project, which began with the premise of attracting the D-League team.

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