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MINOR LEAGUE HOCKEY: MELTING UNDER NEW-FOUND GLARE?
Published October 18, 1994
A mix-up in preparing the ice at The Summit in Houston left the surface "thin, soft and unplayable," causing Sunday night's Houston Aeros-Atlanta Knights IHL game to be postponed (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/17). The game was supposed to be played last night, but was cancelled indefinitely due to the poor ice conditions. The next games scheduled at the Summit are this weekend and should go on as planned (Aeros)....The IHL's Peoria Rivermen announced the relocation of their October 30 match-up with the Cincinnati Cyclones from Peoria Civic Center to the Kiel Center in St. Louis. The Rivermen are affiliated with the Blues. The game will be the first pro hockey game played in the new facility (Rivermen). Blues President Jack Quinn was happy the Rivermen found a "working date in St. Louis" (ST. LOUIS POST- DISPATCH, 10/18)....The CANADIAN PRESS profiles the AHL and its "new-found exposure." Both ESPN2 and Canada's The Sports Network are broadcasting AHL games to fill the void left by the NHL. AHL President Dave Andrews says he does not see the relationships with ESPN2 and TSN as an "interim arrangement": "We've now established working relationships that will be long-term. They'll be more interested in looking at us for programming in the future now that they've seen what we can deliver" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/18).