Monday, June 2, 2014

New USHL commish: "Indiana a priority"

As has been expected for some time, Bob Fallen was named the USHL's new commissioner today. He replaces Skip Prince, who is moving on to a position in the University of Texas athletic department.

Fallen has ties to the USHL, as his son Tommy played for Cedar Rapids for two seasons. He also has most recently served in marketing/branding at Reebok-CCM.

Fallen addressed the future of the Indiana Ice in his teleconference today. Via Chris Dilks, Fallen stated getting the Ice back is a priority, and there would be a teleconference today to discuss the Ice's future. According to Dilks, "it seems like as soon as Indiana can find or build a USHL-quality arena, they'll be back in the league." The outgoing commissioner Prince said there is no timetable for the Ice's return to the league.

The Ice, the reigning Clark Cup champions, are going dormant for the 2014-15 season as they seek a new arena. The Pan Am Pavilion, where the team practiced and played a majority of its games the last two seasons, will be redeveloped during the offseason.

Ice owner Paul Skjodt addressed the team's future with WXIN on Friday. He stated the vision is for a smaller arena than the Fairgrounds Coliseum where the team played its first eight seasons. It could also be a multi-purpose facility that would have ties to youth hockey and an educational component, and likely include more sports than hockey.

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