INDIANAPOLIS – Their first run to a league championship in five years may be their last for a little while.
On Sunday, the USHL announced that the Indiana Ice will not play during the 2014-2015 hockey season, having been granted dormancy for the year. The main reason for the move is the team’s inability to find a permanent home venue, which has been the case the last two seasons due to the renovation of Pepsi Coliseum on the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
They will not be able to move back into that venue next season since it is now the home of the ECHL’s Indy Fuel. Over the past two years the team has split time between Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the rink at the Pan Am Plaza, but when the dates didn’t work out for the 2014-2015 season, the decision to take the year off was made.
“Bankers Life Fieldhouse is a beautiful, multi-purpose arena and home of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, but based on its annual calendar of events, it does not allow for a full home schedule of 30 dates that meets the parameters of a USHL schedule,” said USHL President and Commissioner Skip Prince through a release on the league’s website. “The Ice and the League schedulers have for the past two seasons placed a number of games at Pan Am Plaza, but notwithstanding of that building’s history and location, it does not comply with League standards.”
This announcement comes just a few days after the Ice qualified for the Clark Cup Finals for the first time since the 2009 season with an East Finals sweep of Dubuque. The will open the best-of-five championship series on Friday, May 9.