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Louisiana finds footing in junior league hockey team

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Louisiana finds footing in junior league hockey team

By Cullen Fagan - The Tulane Hullabaloo

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Two decades ago, ice hockey in the American South was considered a joke. Even the 1999 Stanley Cup victory by the Dallas Stars did little to change northern U.S. and Canadian attitudes about southern teams. 

The relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2011 to Winnipeg, Manitoba, was seen by Canadians as a victory and a return of hockey to its roots. With the Nashville Predators clinching the Western Conference Champion title last year and Tampa Bay’s huge success this season, however, hockey in the South has become a force that neither the National Hockey League nor hockey fans can ignore.

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So where does Louisiana fit into the rise of southern hockey? Louisiana has never been home to an NHL team, and no college in Louisiana has a Division I ice hockey team. The Louisiana Icegators, a former Southern Professional Hockey League franchise, suspended play indefinitely in 2016 and have yet to make a comeback. It seems hard to believe that hockey could ever become a major sport in the area, especially to the degree it has in Florida. 

“It costs too much money,” freshman Samuel Bruchhaus, originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, said.  “The reason that football, basketball and baseball are so successful is because, in its purest form, it has very little expense. Thus, kids can play in their backyards and then go watch their teams do similar stuff. Florida also has a large population of people that have moved from the north, which Louisiana doesn’t have.”

In a surprising turn, however, junior hockey has thrived in the state. The Shreveport Mudbugs, Louisiana’s only junior ice hockey team, celebrated their 20th anniversary last year and just clinched a spot in the North American Hockey League playoffs for the second year in a row.

Read more at: https://tulanehullabaloo.com/36981/sports/rise-southern-hockey/

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Someone doesn't like research or factual accuracy. As it stands, Louisiana currently has two Jr. teams with the Mudbugs of the NAHL and the Louisiana Drillers of the NA3HL.

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7 hours ago, Geoff said:

Someone doesn't like research or factual accuracy. As it stands, Louisiana currently has two Jr. teams with the Mudbugs of the NAHL and the Louisiana Drillers of the NA3HL.

Not to mention how misleading this statement was ...

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The Shreveport Mudbugs ... celebrated their 20th anniversary last year ... .

 

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