Storm Ready for New Season
After a long delay caused by the pandemic, hockey returns to the Quad Cities this weekend. The Storm will play their first game in the Southern Professional Hockey League since COVID abruptly ended the season in March of last year.
Coach Dave Pszenyczny says he and the players went a little stir crazy during the long break. And fortunately nearly all of the players from the team in 2020 have returned.
"So that helps with system work, we're not having to break everything down. Guys that don't know it are catching on pretty quick. So I think we have that advantage there too but at the end of the day we look good on paper but it's not going to make a difference until we get out there and see some real competition."
Team President Brian Rothenberger says missing a season has been hard on the Storm financially, but nearly all of the season ticket holders and corporate sponsors have returned.
"But as far as the loyalty that we have seen from our corporate partners and our season ticket members, it is beyond what we had even hoped for - it's been pretty incredible."
The new season for the Storm and the SPHL opens this weekend when the Quad Cities will host Evansville on Friday and Saturday nights.