CHL welcomes St. Charles Chill for 2013-14 season

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Central Hockey League have announced that the Laredo Bucks franchise rights have been transferred to the market of St. Charles County in Missouri and that the new franchise will compete in the CHL beginning with the 2013-14 season and will be called the Chill. 
The announcement was made on Wednesday at a press conference at the Arena Club Restaurant in The Family Arena. The St. Charles Chill ownership group consists of Gustavo Hernandez, Alfonso Arguindegui and Glenn Hart and the team will play its home games at The Family Arena. 
“It is with great excitement that we announce that St. Charles and The Family Arena are now a part of the Central Hockey League family,” Duane Lewis, CHL Commissioner said. “We know the Chill is in great hands with the very accomplished and highly decorated people that are heading up this effort. We are also very happy with the relationship that we have built with Mark (Reifsteck) and his staff and are looking forward to strengthening that bond. This strong market and outstanding facility make this a welcome addition to our current group of member teams”. “We are excited to be given the opportunity to join such an amazing community and the Family Arena,” Gustavo Hernandez, Chill Co-Owner said. “We look forward to providing a quality, family friendly product on the ice and becoming a fabric of this great community.” “The Family Arena is very excited to see hockey returning to our market in addition to bringing back the ice to our venue,” Mark Reifsteck, Family Arena General Manager said. “We have plans to utilize the ice in other revenue producing capacities such as league play, public skates, and special events. We are especially pleased to welcome the reputable Central Hockey League into our building.” 
“The Family Arena was built to host sporting events, and we’re very pleased to see hockey returning,” County Executive Steve Ehlmann said.  “Our goal has been to offer a wide variety of events, and the St. Charles Chill certainly will add to that. We’re pleased to welcome the team and the league to St. Charles County.” The Chill fits neatly into the CHL’s footprint as three clubs sit within 275 miles (Bloomington Blaze, Missouri Mavericks and Quad City Mallards) and the Tulsa Oilers and Wichita Thunder are roughly 400 miles from the new team. More information about season ticket deposits, the team logo and colors and the announcement of a head coach will be made in the near future. 
Contact the writer at robert.keith@prohockeynews.com

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