Maine Hockey Journal

EPHL to Maine?

The Eastern Professional Hockey League is looking to expand into several New England markets for their second season according to a press release sent out Tuesday. They are looking at two arenas in Maine.

The league has been in contact with the Kennebec Ice Arena.

“I have spoken to KC Johnson at KIA. The rink would need improvements and additional seating to work,” said Josh Brown in an E-Mail response Tuesday afternoon. Brown is an official with the EPHL.

Right now the Maine Moose of International Junior Hockey League calls KIA home along with the area’s high school and youth programs.

The other possibility at this time is the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

“We have spoken to Jim Cain. With Lewiston, everything hinges on the Maineacs leaving,” Brown says.

Right now, David MacDonald’s group to bring the Charolettetown Abbies of the MJAHL looks to have the inside track if the Maineiacs decide to leave. MacDonald has 11pm eastern time deadline for tonight to come to agreement with the Colisee to bring the team to Lewiston.

He can’t sign a lease until the Maineiacs provide a Notice of Termination.

With the Maineiacs out of options, it looks like the Colisee will be called home for their seventh season.

Right now, the EPHL has only had talks with possible ownership groups.

“I have spoken to a couple prospective ownership groups about a team in Maine,” says Brown. We have been in a holding pattern with the Lewiston situation. We are willing to speak to any interested parties. If there is a rink to house a team, we can find an ownership group.”

The league has four teams, the Danbury (CT) Mad Hatters, Jersey Rockhoppers, Hudson Valley (NY) Bears, and the Brooklyn (NY) Aces.

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