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Farewell to an old friend


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The Austin Ice Bats of the CHL played their final game at the Travis County Expo center on Feb 25th against the Odessa Jackalopes. I was there ten years ago when the team was formed, and I was there Saturday night to take it all in. The Expo Center is basically a rodeo barn (insert southern hockey joke here), and the rodeo basically kicks the team out every March leaving them to finish the season entirely as a road team. Beginning with the playoffs (if they make it) and next season the Bats will play in the FAR smaller Chapparal Ice Center. I hope this not a bad omen regarding the team's stability.

...and I'll miss the old barn *sniff*

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our hideous first jersey! (we look like Nashville now)

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The Bats wore their Texas Longhorn jerseys for the second time, and then auctioned them off for charity. I've never bid on a jersey in my life, but I guess I got caught up in the moment and laid out a lot more $$ than I had planned to snag a jersey. I'm glad I did now.

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and next season the Bats will play in the FAR smaller Chapparal Ice Center. I hope this not a bad omen regarding the team's stability.

Thus the climate of Minor Pro Hockey. Most venues have to charge a huge rent to make it into the black. This cuts the bottomline of the team down. I know it was a sticking point for Topeka to stay in the CHL both times. The Kansas Expocentre (Landon Arena) had a pretty good price compared to other markets. But alas, the teams left.

Hope you guys stick around. It would be weird not to see the Ice Bats anymore.

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