It’s almost hockey season in the Miami Valley. While hockey fans deal with a looming NHL Lock-Out, there’s still hockey to be watched.
If you remember earlier in the year, Dayton was supposed to get the Dayton Devils in the Federal Hockey League and the Dayton Aeros in the Midwest Junior Hockey League. Will we still see these two teams?
Well, the Dayton Aeros have already started playing…in Monroe, Michigan. In the summer, the organization moved to Michigan (as early as July 29th). For those who don’t know, Monroe is south of Detroit, on Interstate 75. It was mentioned on the Dayton Aeros Facebook page, which has since been deleted. From what I’ve heard, the Aeros are supposed to return to Dayton for the 2013-2014 season.
Currently in 2012, the Dayton Aeros are 3-2-1 in six games, tied for 4th with the Soo Firehawks and the Holland River Bandits. The Hartland Hounds are currently in first with a 9-0-0 record. The only Ohio team, the Northwest Ohio Grrrowl, are tied for 8th with a 1-3-0 record with the Rhinelander Street Cats.
Will we see the Dayton Aeros travel south for next season? We’ll just have to wait and see. As for this season, the closest junior hockey around appears to be in Sylvania, Ohio.
The Dayton Devils are still playing at Hara Arena this season, but they will be known as the Dayton Demonz. Due to issues with the name, the Devils had to be renamed (because the New Jersey Devils have that locked down, and Dayton is not an affiliate so the name is off-limits.)
The Demonz are also now an affiliate with the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL, who are the affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks. If you remember last year when the Dayton Gems were around, the Komets were one of the biggest rivals to skate against the home team in Hara Arena.
The Federal Hockey League will consist of six teams, one west of Dayton. The other four are east, with three around the New York-New England area. The Williamsport Outlaws will play their home games outside, instead of an arena. Airmen Pond at Bowman Field is actually a baseball stadium, with the ice rink being built right near home plate. If you are interested in such things, you can see how they built this rink at this website here.
So the Demonz are here to play for 2012-2013. There’s some hockey at Hara once again.
Sources of information from WONE 980AM, the Federal Hockey League, and MLive.com.
Until next time,