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In the CHL

Icemen have no lease with arena

As CHL fans await the schedule for this season, a stalemate between the Evansville Icemen and a new downtown arena threatens to scuttle the team’s move to that building.

“As a very practical matter, hockey would have been great downtown,” arena project manager John Kish said, according to the Courier & Press. “But in terms of the bottom line of the arena, which my job is to protect, we will not propose to present hockey at a loss.”

The Icemen spent last season playing in smaller Swonder Arena, which was supposed to remain the team’s practice arena. But the team and the new arena are at odds over lease negotiations.

“It’s almost like the city doesn’t want us here,” Icemen owner Ron Geary said to the Evansville Redevelopment Commission.

There are 14 teams – including the Icemen and the Fort Wayne Komets – slated to be in the CHL this season.

– Journal Gazette