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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Meep meep!!!

The NAHL made the Roadrunners' relocation to Topeka official today with the following press release:
RoadRunners to relocate to Topeka
Team to play out of Kansas Expocentre, Landon Arena next season
February 22, 2007

FRISCO, TEXAS - The North American Hockey League announced today that its Board of Governors has approved the relocation of the Santa Fe RoadRunners to Topeka, Kansas, for the 2007-08 season.

The team will be called the Topeka RoadRunners and play its home games out of the Kansas Expocentre, Landon Arena.

“This is another step in the right direction for our league, both in terms of long-term stability and player development,” said NAHL commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. “Having Topeka as part of our footprint also reduces travel, not only for the RoadRunners, but for visiting teams as well.”

“I'm excited about the situation in Topeka,” RoadRunners owner Mary Magdalene Lorang said. “The move will present the players and the organization with plenty of opportunities for growth and development.”

The Kansas Expocentre, Landon Arena is eager to welcome its newest tenant.

“The staff of the Kansas Expocentre looks forward to hosting hockey again and we’re encouraged by Mary’s enthusiasm and passion for the sport of hockey,” said Kansas Expocentre general manager H.R. Cook. “We’re excited to work with the RoadRunners to present the best product possible on the ice.”

“Everything about this move can be considered an upgrade, from the arena itself to the fan support and beyond,” RoadRunners director of business operations Arch Ecker said. “Topeka is the perfect fit for us.”

RoadRunners head coach Scott Langer agreed.

“Playing in Topeka offers so many advantages,” said Langer. “We're centrally located within the league and we have a top-notch facility to call home.”

“The RoadRunners organization has shown a tremendous commitment to the NAHL and will benefit greatly from the strong corporate and fan support in the Topeka community,” Frankenfeld added.

The RoadRunners are currently in their third season in Santa Fe since relocating from Texas (the Lone Star Cavalry) prior to the 2004-05 season.

This season, the team is in second place in the NAHL’s South Division with a 32-12-4 record, good for 68 points and a postseason berth.

The RoadRunners' ownership and staff, along with Frankenfeld, will address the media and public in Topeka on Monday, Feb. 26 in a press conference at Landon Arena.

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