The ice hockey team at the Connecticut Whale has seen dwindling revenue for years, forcing the team to close or sell its Madison Square Garden-residency arena at the Greater Hartford Convention Center, according to media reports. Now, on May 9, the league board of governors approved a sale of the team, and a man in Hartford who wants to take the side of the city, one of the NHL’s oldest franchises, can move to the club’s house.
When the Norwich Times-Dispatch reports on Monday, May 8 that the share of the Team Loudmuller beer operation owned by Dean Michael Simchi will be sold, much to the amusement of Team Loudmuller president Marc Eggert, at least a portion of the operation will be leased back to Simchi. Simchi wants the beer operation to be the home of the new franchise in downtown Hartford, as well as the team.
Although his association with the Team Loudmuller will help take the club further south to the Blue Grass region, Simchi does have a “strong position” against opening a new arena in Hartford or anywhere else on the East Coast.
“We are looking for the best opportunity available to be a part of the American Hockey League in 2020, and we have zero regard for going to New England and East Coast facilities,” Simchi said. “Hartford still lives, breathes and sleeps hockey in the East Coast metropolitan area.”
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