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.”