QC Storm Open New Season
The new season opens this weekend for the Quad City Storm and the Southern Professional Hockey League. Friday night the Storm will host Peoria at the Vibrant Arena in Moline, followed by a game tomorrow night at Peoria.
Storm President Brian Rothenberger says last year was tough financially for his team and the rest of the league. But he's optimistic now that the worst of the pandemic is over.
"And the trends going into this season - season tickets, suite sales, single game ticket sales - are all very encouraging . So that is enough for us to be excited."
He's even been able to add some new employees to his staff, and says "we are as ready for an opening night as we've ever been."
Head Coach Dave Pszenyczny also believes this season will different.
"Last year everybody was trying to keep players here because everybody was getting called up. This year it seems like a lot of great players are getting pushed down. So our league is going to be great and the league below us is going to be great too. It's going to make for some fine competition."
Through the end of the month, he can keep 23 players, but then will have to drop down to 19 starting in November.