Black Hawk Down
The Port Huron Icehawks, following in the footsteps of the Flags, Bordercats, Beacons, and Flags, again, are no more. After 3 seasons, Mike Reed, Media Relations Coordinator, announced that the Port Huron Icehawks of the International Hockey League will be “discontinuing its hockey operations in Port Huron”.
Kinney Entertainment, the company that owns and manages the Icehawks, and whose name is semi-hidden in the logo of the team, expressed gratitude to the fans, staff, and members of the team, with the assurances that the Icehawks will not be going anywhere else to play.
The loss of one of the largest aspects of McMorran Place’s entertainment schedule, and revenue streams, comes just 2 weeks after the announcement of the loss of the Miss Michigan Pageant, to Ann Arbor.
These losses, coupled with less than desirable attendance for events like the Third Eye Blind concert, and the questionable response to the “Blue Water Fest” have some concerned about the future of McMorran Place, and of Port Huron tourism and entertainment industries in general.
Downtown businesses are upset about the management of the Blue Water Fest, and many have signs in their windows addressing the issue.
“We value you and thank you for the many positive relationships we formed here, and encourage you to participate as much as you can in the many community events at the McMorran.” said Dave Goetze, Vice President and Business manager of Kinney Entertainment, in a press release.
“The reality is, we live in a challenged economy in our community,” said Goetze, “and the entertainment dollars were not there to sustain a professional hockey team long term.”
The Icehawks are being replaced by another hockey team the “Port Huron Fighting Falcons” which will play for the North American Hockey League. The team will debut in the 2010-2011 season, and season tickets are now available.
Somewhere in a sort of cyberspace-limbo, the Port Huron Icehawks website now bears a solemn message, “Thanks for all your support and understanding.”