FDL to Debut in November with Six Teams
Brooklyn, N.Y. (Monday, March 29, 2010) – The Federal Hockey League (FHL) added two more franchises to increase its roster to six teams who will compete in the league’s inaugural season. Following a recent announcement that the Broome County (NY) Barons would be on hand when the FHL drops the puck this November, an ensuing announcement was made that the Brooklyn-based New York Aviators would make the jump to the upstart league.
“The Federal Hockey League is pleased to welcome the Aviators to the league,” FHL Commissioner Don Kirnan said of the addition. “We are impressed with the Aviator organization and their facility. They are a strong franchise with a great track record of professionalism. We look forward to a bright future together.”
The Aviators, who are entering a second season of play, are equally pleased about joining the FHL.
“We are very excited to join the FHL,” stated Rob Miller, Aviators President and head coach. “The league not only increases competition, but also helps broaden community outreach.”
Before joining the Aviators, Miller served as the team captain and assistant coach for the Brooklyn Aces, who played a season in the Eastern Professional Hockey League (EPHL). He was instrumental in the offensive attack of the Aces and scored 23 points in just 22 games played. Following that 2008-09 season, Miller permanently hung up his skates to take over the reins at his current post.
The Aviators first brought professional hockey to Brooklyn’s Aviator and Sports Recreation Center in 2009 as charter members of the North East Professional Hockey League (NEPHL). The Aviators rolled over the competition in the short-lived NEPHL, compiling a perfect 30-0 record and winning the one and only league championship.
The FHL will play a 60-game schedule at the single A level, with a starting time planned for November. The other four clubs who have committed for the 2010-11 FHL season are the Danbury (CT) Whalers, Rome (NY) Frenzy, Thousand Islands (NY) Privateers and the Ontario-based Akwesasne Warriors. Additional markets that could receive teams in the upcoming year include Ottawa and Philadelphia.
For additional information regarding the Federal Hockey League, visit www.theFederalHockeyLeague.com. For the latest news regarding the New York Aviators, log onto www.newyorkaviators.com.