In light of the Muskegon Lumberjacks' announcement that they will leave the IHL after this season, could the Evansville Icemen join the IHL early?
That is a possibility.
Evansville is slated to join the IHL in 2011, when a state-of-the-art 10,500-seat arena is completed. However, there have been discussions about moving that up.
The Icemen currently play in the All-American Hockey League at Swonder Arena, somewhat akin to McMillen. It seats less than 1,000.
To join the IHL next season, the Icemen would have to add seating to Swonder and would still suffer financial losses because of the limited capacity.
"For me as the general manager, I utilized the time at the (IHL) meetings to become more acclimated with the inner workings of how the (IHL) organizations are run, in case that decision (to join early) were to be made," Icemen general manager Chip Rossetti said.
"But at this point it hasn't been made in regards to going to the IHL next season. At this point, we haven't made any hard and fast decisions; we're looking at all the possibilities and weighing what we could be getting ourselves into."
The Icemen will play a game against the Battle Creek Revolution on Friday at Memorial Coliseum.
My question about this "showcase" game is: Why didn't they make it a double-header with the Komets on, say, a Sunday? That way they'd be more apt to get a bunch of people there.
In other news: The Lumberjacks have signed former NHL and Komets defenseman Mario Larocque, who had been skating in Europe.