Diamonds and Ice

No more Iowa Stars
April 29, 2008, 8:46 pm
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Despite a contract that ran through the 2009-2010 season, the AHL’s Iowa Stars announced last week that they have ended their affiliation agreement with the Dallas Stars and are seeking a new NHL team to provide players for them next season.

The team’s owners insist the move does not mean that the franchise is leaving Des Moines. Over the winter, the Dallas Stars disclosed that they were going to align with Austin, Texas, when that city completed construction of a new arena there. That hastened Iowa’s decision to terminate its relationship with Dallas.

The Iowa franchise will change its name, its logo and look for next season in an attempt to firmly establish itself in the Central Iowa market. The guess here is that the Minnesota Wild could very well be Iowa bound. Their AHL affiliate right now are the Houston Aeros.

RoughRiders lease
April 29, 2008, 8:45 pm
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The city OKed a new 2-year lease for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders to use the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. The USHL hockey club is for sale, with a buyer from Chicago supposed to be in line for the purchase.

It’ll be interesting to see what the new owner’s plans are for the franchise. Does he/she plan on trying to keep the team here for the long haul? Will he/she have a better relationship with the city than the current ownership group?

To me, it’d be best for there to be local ownership of the franchise, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Maybe someone can convince future NHL Hall of fFamer Chris Chelios to buy the club. Omaha’s ownership includes Mario Lemieux and Luc Robitaille.

Chelios’ son, Dean, plays for the RoughRiders, and there’s a younger Chelios boy who’s about to be old enough to play junior hockey. Cedar Rapids would be a nice place for him to play, too, Chris. Think about it.