For the first time in the history of the franchise, EA Sports will give hockey-loving gamers the chance to work their way up from the ranks of the minor leagues all the way to "The Show" thanks to the inclusion of all 27 ECHL teams in their upcoming NHL 17 game. However, it appears one team of local interest isn't one of them.
Hockey fans in Owensboro will have to wait a little longer to cheer on their IceMen after city officials and team ownership hold a joint press conference announcing the team will not play the upcoming season in order to have extra time to explore arena options.
Mayor Lloyd Winnecke held a press conference Monday afternoon to announce the City had come to an agreement with the North Carolina-based Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) that will keep hockey at the Ford Center for the foreseeable future.
The question of "are they or aren't they" when it comes to the Evansville IceMen moving to Owensboro finally gets an answer after both the city of Owensboro and the team announced a contract has been signed that will put the team inside the Sportscenter in time for the 2016-17 season.
Hours after a press conference that involved both Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne, and Evansville IceMen owner Ron Geary stating the team would be relocating to the Owensboro Sportcenter, the team posts a message on Facebook that seems to call that announcement into question.
On Tuesday, Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne was given authorization by the City Commissioners to bring the IceMen to the Sportscenter. Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke commented on the move through his Twitter account and during conversations with the media following the press conference announcing the team's move.
In what appears to be another step toward a divorce between the City of Evansville and the IceMen, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke held a press conference on Thursday to announce (among other things) the City is exploring the option of bringing in another hockey team now that lease negotiations with the IceMen have reached an "impasse".
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