Eyewitness News brings you new information on the future of ice hockey in Evansville.
Mayor Lloyd Winnecke announces a new team from the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) is coming to Ford Center for the 2016-2017 season.
Local businessman Mike Hall will partner with VenuWorks to own the new franchise that will play in Ford Center.
SPHL President Jim Combs was also present at the announcement.
“On behalf of the league’s Board of Governors, we are excited to welcome Evansville into the SPHL for the 2016-2017 season,” said Combs.
This is a developing story and we will bring you more information as it becomes available.
Who is Mike Hall?
Mike Hall is an Evansville businessman and consultant, but those two descriptions only scratch the surface.
Hall lives in St. Wendell and grew up here in the Tri-State. He was a three-sports athlete at North Posey High and played football for the UE Purple Aces.
Hall has a long resume as a business solutions consultant and says he wants to create a sustainable, long-term hockey team in Evansville.
Release from The City of Evansville
Statement from the IceMen
“…The recent history of minor professional hockey shows when there are two pro teams in the same market all it does is split the existing fan base. Our goal, obviously, is to retain as much of our Evansville base as we can while growing the base in Kentucky…”
Hall says ticket prices are expected to come down with the SPHL team.. Hopes to allow current season ticket holders to keep seats— Ryan Braschler (@RyanBraschler) February 8, 2016
Platform for development for players.. Last year former SPHL player won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks— Ryan Braschler (@RyanBraschler) February 8, 2016
Want to become the crown jewel of minor league hockey— Ryan Braschler (@RyanBraschler) February 8, 2016
Hall wants to create sustainable long term hockey team in Evansville— Ryan Braschler (@RyanBraschler) February 8, 2016
It’s official.. Brand new team owned by Mike Hall.. Superman who has partnered with Venuworks— Ryan Braschler (@RyanBraschler) February 8, 2016