As first reported by The Journal Gazette on Dec. 31, 2008, the Kalamazoo Wings may have damaged the visitors' locker room at Memorial Coliseum.
Now the Coliseum is suing the Wings for $9,450, the estimated cost it took to repair it.
In a suit filed Monday in Allen County Superior Court, the Board of Commissioners alleged that the Wings, operating as part of Greater Kalamazoo Sports, Inc., lit a fire that damaged a shower head, toilet seat, handicapped shower bench, walls, and flooring after or during a game Dec. 21, 2008.
On that night, the Wings defeated the Komets 2-1.
The Coliseum had gone to some lengths to help the Wings that night. When the brakes on their bus froze, the Wings were allowed to park inside the Expo Center so they could thaw.
The Wings, who were one of the marquee franchises of the International Hockey League when it reformed in 2007, left the league this summer to join the ECHL. The Wings' president, Paul Pickard, was the IHL's commissioner from 2007 to 2009.
Coliseum general manager Randy Brown wasn't immediately available for comment.
Komets president Michael Franke said, as part of its lease with the Coliseum, his team had to pay money to repair the damage to the visitors' locker room. Franke said, however, he didn't know that the Coliseum had filed suit and wasn't sure if the Komets would be refunded any money should the Coliseum win.
"In our lease, we are responsible for what goes in the building from start to end," Franke said. "Yes, we were financially responsible for it."