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Hopes Remain New Ownership Group Will Revive RiverKings At Landers Center

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Hopes Remain New Ownership Group Will Revive RiverKings At Landers Center

By Pete Wickham - Daily News


Mickey Cochran and the rest of the 2-Man Advantage booster club had packed up the linens, dishes, pots and pans – all the items they had bought over the years to help stock apartments used by members of the Mississippi RiverKings. They would pull those boxes out of storage in September when a new group of hockey players drifted into the Mid-South.

“Our job was to make them feel like it was a home away from home,” said Cochran of the group, which would also stock treats on the team’s bus for road trips.

They were counting the days until they would pull their jerseys out of the closet. There would be club meetings, and holiday parties and … hockey!

Then late last week, an announcement from team president Robin Hurdle hit the Southern Pro Hockey League team’s website – and ’Kings diehards like Cochran – harder than a crosscheck to the jaw.

After 26 years in Memphis and Southaven, the RiverKings suspended operations for the 2018-19 campaign. Hurdle, head of the Maddox Foundation that has owned the team since 2002, said that they and the league will seek new ownership and a return to the Landers Center ice in 2019-2020.

Read more at: https://www.memphisdailynews.com/news/2018/may/31/hopes-remain-new-ownership-group-will-revive-riverkings-at-landers-center/



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“They cut out all advertising this past year,” Cochran said, “and the local media didn’t cover us enough. Never on game night. You never heard if the team won or lost. People in Mississippi didn’t even know they played.”



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