Plus - Outpost Ice Arena, Albuquerque, NM
New Mexico gets hockey once again thanks to the NAHL's New Mexico Ice Wolves, although this team will play at the smaller recreation venue known as the Outpost. The area has not had a team since the New Mexico Mustangs left town after the junior team lasted only 2 seasons, and the game of hockey has changed drastically since the New Mexico Scorpions drew large crowds in the WPHL and CHL days. Hopefully an absence of hockey in town will bring fans out to the games but that remains to be seen.
Plus - St.Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex, St. Cloud, MN
The Alexandria Blizzard have relocated to the larger St. Cloud market. St. Cloud is a hockey-mad town, but the St. Cloud Blizzard will be sharing the market with NCAA Division 1 hockey as well as the already established and well supported Granite City Lumberjacks, who have perennial NA3HL success and draw large crowds 10 minutes away across the river in Sauk Rapids.
Minus - Runestone Community Center, Alexandria, MN
Alexandria loses their NAHL team as this tiny market was on the small side for the NAHL. Fans do still have a team to support in Alexandria this season, as a new NA3HL team, also called the Blizzard will take the ice this fall.
We will be back before the season starts with more Plus/Minus Arena Reports covering other levels of hockey, and hope that the information will be useful as your follow your favorite league, or plan road trips to attend new arenas this season. As always, check the schedule before attending, but be sure to start planning your hockey travels now!