Swept from the ice

It was with great sadness that I removed the link to the Austin Ice Bats hockey team from my personal home page. The fate of our team has received attention from Texas Monthly (“Empty Netter,” byline Jacon Cohen, June issue), the NYT slap shot blog (“As Time Expires, Memories of the Austin Ice Bats”), and this morning’s NYT sports page (“A Hockey Team Built on Showmanship Is Sidelined Indefinitely,” byline Michael Brick). Predictably, there are players who hope to discover a way to stay on in Austin, finding the idea of leaving unpalatable indeed. I never did see the Bats take to the ice after the move to the Chaparral rink. The author of today’s piece tries to have some fun with the notion of the livestock arena, but I liked the old-time fieldhouse atmosphere there at the Expo Center. I loved it that there were always people attending their first hockey game and delighting in it. I’ll always remember those times fondly; they were fun and there was some fine hockey, too.

3 Comments so far

  1. ttrentham on June 25th, 2008 @ 12:30 pm

    Nice roundup of links. I attended several games in the first few seasons. I always enjoyed myself. I was single at the time, but noticed all of the families and wondered if I’d bring my own kids one day. Then I had kids and never made it back out there. Now that they’re reasonably old enough, the team is gone. I’ll definitely have to check out Zamboni Rodeo.

  2. odoublegood on June 25th, 2008 @ 12:46 pm

    There used to be a lot of promotion on the local Tejano radio stations, back when there were such things. There were great deals on bringing lots of children. The library has just one copy of Zamboni Rodeo; it’s at the central branch downtown.

  3. lauratex on June 27th, 2008 @ 1:40 pm

    Aw, man. That’s too bad about the Icebats. I think I went to only two games, one of which an actual bat was flying around inside the arena. That was at the Expo Center. I wondered if it was gimmick or coincidence.

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