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Not a hockey fan? Here's why seeing Savannah's new team in person could change your mind

So, deep in the heart of football country, maybe you never got around to checking out ice hockey.

The ice you know best is in your beverage, perhaps while attending the annual party that is the Enmarket Savannah Hockey Classic at the Savannah Civic Center. As the college club teams scrambled around the rink with genuine intensity, you couldn’t follow the action beyond cheering for your favorite school and booing your rival, also with genuine intensity.

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Minor league ice hockey coming to Savannah's new arena

The new Savannah Arena will be home to a new sport for the Hostess City —professional ice hockey, the team's president Bob Ohrablo told the Savannah Morning News.

The company hired to manage and operate the new Savannah Arena has scheduled a press conference for 11 a.m. Wednesday, when it will announce an expansion team in the minor league ECHL starting with the 2022-23 season.

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Savannah’s new ECHL hockey team to start play in 2022

The team will begin play in 2022-2023 season in the ECHL, a AA league currently with 26 teams spread across 26 states and two Canadian provinces.

The team will be the first tenant of the new Savannah Arena, a factor the team says played a big part in choosing Savannah.

Savannah Professional Hockey Team President Bob Ohrablo says he believes Savannah can become a hockey town, and believes it can happen quickly.

Savannah Arena Project Still on Track for 2022

As the COVID-19 pandemic has brought many industries to a halt altogether, we’ve seen construction projects pushing forward. The biggest for the City of Savannah right now, the new arena project, continues to move ahead with foundation work.

City of Savannah Holds Groundbreaking for New Arena

A project many years in the making, Savannah city leaders held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday to mark the start of a new $165 million arena to attract entertainment and sporting events.

Savannah City Council Approves Contract for Arena

Oak View Group was the initial agreement with the venue management company to provide arena design assistance as part of a phased contracting approach before the arena’s planned opening at the end of 2021.

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