NFL Planning On Centralized Replay League Notes Former Bulls GM Krause Passes Away At 77 LeBron Says Issue Of Resting Players Is About Him Bettman: Assume No NHL Participation In '18 Olympics NASCAR Goes For Hollywood Ties This Week Jazz Upgrading Plastic Seats At Arena Silver Issues Memo To Teams On Resting Stars NFL To Recommend Hiring Full-Time Officials Source: No Olympic Meetings On NHL Docket
SBD/14/Leagues Governing Bodies
IHL STRETCHES FROM PEORIA TO THE "HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH"
Published December 14, 1994
The IHL awarded its 19th expansion franchise to the Richard DeVos family and Orlando. The team will play in the Orlando Arena, home of DeVos' NBA Magic. The Orlando franchise paid $6M to join the league and plans to spend around $1.2M to upgrade the arena for hockey. Orlando Magic GM Pat Williams, who admitted that the new owners "do not know much about hockey": "The whole thing happened in not much more than six weeks. ... They really came to us." Williams said there was a possibility that the team will affiliate with the neighboring Tampa Bay Lightning, who played 5 regular season games in Orlando last year. The IHL is expected to announce another expansion franchise in San Francisco today (Cammy Clark, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 12/14).