Hockey League (UHL)
County Veterans Memorial Arena
To Gain Neighbor
Mayer, Staff Writer
is likely the BC Icemen will gain a regional rival for the 1999-2000
United Hockey League season.
officials have created a preliminary schedule that would include a
franchise in Glens Falls, Icemen co-owner Dave Pace said Tuesday.
Pace was among the owners, general managers and coaches who
took part last week at the league’s annual meeting in Las Vegas.
huge for us—it’s another team close by, which is something
we’ve been working on since we entered the league,” said Icemen
general manager Patrick Snyder, who also attended last week’s
good for us travel-wise and it’s good for the fans.”
Post-Star of Glens Falls reported Tuesday that Robbie Nichols,
who resigned as the Flint Generals’ coach after last season has
had discussions with city officials about moving a current UHL
franchise to the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The newspaper reported that franchise likely would be the
Winston-Salem Ice Hawks.
Falls had been home to the American Hockey league’s Adirondack Red
Wings—with whom Nichols played in the late 1980s—for 20 seasons.
The Detroit Red Wings suspended operations in Glens Falls
last month. Their minor
league franchise will be inactive until 2000-01, when it will begin
play in a suburb of Toledo, Ohio.
commissioner Richard Brosal did not return a phone call to his
when discussing the division alignment for next season. Did not
include Winston-Salem. He
said the Icemen will play in the Eastern Division with Mohawk Valley
(Utica), Glens Falls, Asheville (N.C.), and Knoxville (Tenn.).
Knoxville is the former Madison Monsters franchise.
developments from the league meetings:
will be three divisions and 14 teams, with longtime International
Hockey League member Fort Wayne (Ind.) near certain to join the
league and play in a five team Central Division, with Michigan foes
Flint, Saginaw, Muskegon and Port Huron.
The regular season will remain 74 games.
which received an expansion franchise after the Monsters’
departure, will play in a four-team Western Division with Quad City
(Moline, Ill.), expansion St. Charles (Mo.) and Rockford (Ill.).
Relocation of the Thunder Bay Thunder Cats to Rockford was
approved during the meetings.
salary cap, a little under $9,000 last season, has been increased,
but Pace and Snyder declined to say by how much.
will be taken to upgrade officiating.
The league will offer more money to referees rated highly by
the teams in order to secure them 50 to 60 games each.
Also, the league will try to assign at least one experienced
linesman to each game. Pace
said the aim is to have veteran linesmen serve as mentors and