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The Ice are going to go dormant in the 2014-15 season because of lack of available places to play -- although the franchise will retain full USHL membership as a non-playing team, signaling both the Ice and the USHL plan for the franchise to be revived.
The dormancy is taking place in part because the Pan Am Pavilion -- where they played the majority of home games the past two seasons -- is slated for redevelopment into a hotel complex during the upcoming year. The other home, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, does not allow the scheduling flexibility to play a full slate of 30 home games, plus playoff dates. After praising the Ice players and coaches for the way they won a title, playing through having two home rinks, Skjodt talked about the future.
Click and watch the interview, but here are a couple of highlights:
- Skjodt said he'd been approached by "some very significant community leaders" in the last couple of months about a new facility.
- He and his family have been looking for a smaller venue that "fits the demographics of the market," and has to include youth hockey, and would likely be a multi-sport, multi-purpose venue. "We're more about helping the community and trying to support at-risk kids, both in health and wellness and education. ... Unless there's a larger facility that can house multiple types of sports, has some educational components to it, allows us to give back to the city, we're not going to do it."