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USHL Conditionally Accepts Proposal For Expansion to Bloomington, Illinois

04/01/2014, 12:00pm CDT
By bwerger

The United States Hockey League has reviewed a formal proposal to bring an expansion USHL Member Club to Bloomington, Illinois beginning with the 2014-15 season. 

Under the terms of the proposal, reviewed by the League’s Commissioner and the USHL Executive Committee and presented to the League’s Board of Directors last week, the Bloomington team would play its home games at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in downtown Bloomington, a venue that was opened in the spring of 2006 and has a seating capacity of up to 6,000 fans for hockey.

The formal proposal to own an expansion team in Bloomington was submitted by CSH International, Inc. which currently owns and operates multiple other sports properties in both hockey and baseball.   

Bloomington, located in central Illinois, is within 350 miles of nine current USHL Member Clubs.  The U.S. Cellular Coliseum has hosted minor professional hockey organizations since opening in 2006, most recently the Bloomington Thunder in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) during the 2013-14 season.

Final approval of the expansion USHL Member Club and proposal is subject to execution of proper documentation with the League and review being undertaken by the USHL Commissioner’s Office and the Executive Committee, and to final approval by the USHL Board of Directors.


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14.  A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (, twitter (, and YouTube (  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (

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