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Thursday, May 24, 2007

USHL loses Battle of Rapid City

The decision has just come down from the powers that be in Rapid City:
Civic center board ices USHL, chooses CHL

By Scott Aust, Journal staff

RAPID CITY -- Rapid City plans to welcome a Central Hockey League franchise next year.

On Thursday, the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center board voted to begin negotiating a contract with the CHL instead of the United States Hockey League.

Both leagues had shown an interest in putting a team in Rapid City, and board members said each is high quality. But in the end, the CHL was chosen because its local ownership group is in place while the USHL was still in the process of forming an ownership group.

Brian Maliske, civic center general manager, said contract negotiations will likely begin next month.

Both leagues made presentations to the board last month. The CHL is a 18-team mid-level professional hockey league headquartered in Phoenix. The USHL is a 12-team junior league based in Grand Forks, N.D., that develops players for the college and professional levels.


Comments on "USHL loses Battle of Rapid City"


Anonymous Joe Nix said ... (8:28 AM, May 25, 2007) : 

Reporters never get the most important factor, that the CHL is largely Canadians, not necessarily 'on the way up' from 'mid level' professional hockey, whereas the USHL develops mainly US born and raised players.


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