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Ushl Awards Member Club to Madison for 2014-15 Season

Ushl Awards Member Club to Madison for 2014-15 Season

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 August 5
th
, 2013
USHL AWARDS MEMBER CLUB TO MADISON, WISCONSIN
League makes return to hockey-rich city beginning with 2014-15 season 
Chicago, IL
 –
 
The United States Hockey League
announced today that the League’s Board of 
Directors has approved a new Member Club that will play in Madison, Wisconsin, commencing withthe 2014-15 season.The team will be owned and operated by Madtown Hockey, LLC, a consortium of veteran and newUSHL owners. The
League’s sixteen
-member Board of Directors hosted the new ownership group
last month at the USHL’s annu
al meeting in Kohler, Wisconsin and reviewed the plans for the newMadison team, which is set to play its home games at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the AlliantEnergy Center subject to final lease approval by the Dane County Board of Supervisors.
“I remember going to hockey games in the Coliseum as a kid. The environment there was awesome
.
We plan to bring that energy back with USHL hockey,” said
Tom Garrity
, CEO of Quan SportsManagement and a Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin native who is part owner of the team and will beassisting with its launch.
“We really appreciate the efforts of th
e Alliant Energy Center staff in making this happen and are veryexcited to work with them to bring a great product to the people of Madison and its surrounding
areas,” said
Saul Treiman
, the team’s Chairman and part
-owner.The other members of the ownership group are
Charles Bidwill, III
,
Jeffrey Krol
,
BrianSchoenborn
, and
Greg Scott
.The new Madison team marks the return of USHL hockey to the city after nearly twenty years. Thecity was first part of the League from 11 seasons (1984-95), competing as the Madison Capitols(1984-91) and then as the Wisconsin Capitols (1991-95). The Capitols won over 200 games duringthe time in Madison, including a team record 33 games in both the 1986-87 and 1988-89 seasonsunder coach
Scott Owens
, the now long-time head coach at Colorado College. A total of 12 USHL players who played in Madison would go on to be selected in the NHL Draft, inaddition to numerous players that would earn NCAA Division I opportunities. Former NHLdefenseman
Brian Rafalski
spent the 1990-91 season in the USHL with the Madison Capitols beforestaying in town to play collegiately at the University of Wisconsin. He would then embark on an 11-year NHL career that included winning three Stanley Cups, the most by any USHL alum.
DerekPlante
was part of the Madison team for the 1988-89 season and would become the second-ever USHL alum to win the Stanley Cup when he did so in 1999 with the Dallas Stars."
We’ve been working on this project for the past nine months in order to insure the USHL returns toMadison as a successful Member Club,” said USHL President and Commissioner 
Skip Prince
.
“We’re almost there.
Madison has changed and grown over the past twenty years
 –
as has the USHL
 –
but the city has retained a rich hockey tradition and a passionate fan base we think will be thrilled
by the caliber of hockey and player the USHL will bring to Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It’s good tocome back home.”

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