Happiness, hurricanes, and all the comforts of home, bring your puck to Beaumont. Houston is an hour or so away, but a world apart.
Beaumont never had a clue about the frozen game until plans for Ford Park were being drawn up, including the 8,200 seats (for hockey) Ford Arena. The Texas Wildcatters were born after the team moved from Huntington, West Virginia. Two years into their existence, Mother Nature sent Hurricane Rita to New Orleans and Ford Park became an evacuation center. The team took that season off, and resumed play for another two years before moving onto Ontario, California.
Meanwhile, Ford Arena has hosted a number of events and the Southeast Texas Mavericks of the American Basketball Association. The Wildcatters averaged more then 2,000 fans a game, even in a lame duck year when everybody knew they would be moving to California.
Fast-forward to 2019 and the golden triangle is still without a team. Management of the building is under some pressure to secure an anchor tenant and almost fell victim to the USA Central Hockey League's scheme last season. Why not the NAHL? Shreveport is just three and a half hours away, Ft Worth and Corpus is just five. Beaumont would also be an excellent start to a power move along the gulf coast.
It's time, so who's willing to bite the hurricane?
Author: Stephen Heisler
Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with Victorious Hockey Company. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.
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