Wichita Falls to welcome new hockey team in 2020

Wichita Falls to welcome new hockey team in 2020
New NAHL hockey team coming to Wichita Falls in September of 2020. The unnamed team will be named via a contest being held by the NAHL in the coming weeks. (Source: NAHL)

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Wichita Falls will be seeing another sports team in the community come September of 2020.

This wouldn’t be the first time we see a hockey team, after having in more recent years the Rustlers and then the Wildcats and later The Force call Kay Yeager the home rink.

This new team will play under the North American Hockey League which has yet to be named, they will hold a contest in the coming weeks to find a name for the new team.

NAHL is the same league in which the Wildcats were playing in back in 2017. The Force, the most recent hockey excursion for Wichita Falls was a part of the USACHL, but didn’t last the full season.

The NAHL South Division has 7 teams currently so this addition would make Wichita Falls team the eighth team competing in their division.

NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frakenfeld said in a press release, “We are excited to have Wichita Falls back in the South Division, as it was a community who showed great and passionate support for NAHL teams for many years. The growth of hockey in the South has played a large role in our league’s success and the addition of the new team in Wichita Falls continues to solidify the footprint and will bring back many old rivalries, in what will now be an eight-team division. Mary Anne Choi brings an incredible amount of passion to the long-term success of this team in Wichita Falls and establishing a strong bond with the community."

Hockey’s return will also help the MPEC get some long needed repairs.

We’re not just bringing hockey to Wichita Falls like Mark said we are making a capital investment into the building. Right now, technically we can’t play hockey here until those improvements are made. We are not asking taxpayers to shell out anything Mary Ann is going to shell out her own capital to help with those repairs.

The season will begin in September 2020.

For more information about this new team and the contest being held to name it you can visit their website.

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