Hockey fans in Milwaukee have cheered on the minor league Milwaukee Admirals for several generations. The franchise plays its home games at the UWM Panther Arena downtown. But the owners of a new team on the scene believe there’s enough interest in hockey here to draw fans to a venue on the city’s south side.
The Milwaukee Power is a junior hockey team - that’s a high-level amateur league that has relocated to the city from Alabama. The team will play its games at Milwaukee County’s Wilson Park Ice Arena. And the team’s management says it will play an important role not only in giving hockey fans another team to support, but in supporting talented hockey players from the region. Chase Ernst is vice president of hockey operations for the team. We spoke with him at the team’s official launch event this week, and he explained why this is the right time and Milwaukee is the right place for the team.