JAY, Vt. -- The Federal Hockey League announced Tuesday that the Green Mountain Rock Crushers will become the league’s eighth franchise, beginning play in the 2011-12 season. The Rock Crushers will play at the Ice Haus Arena at Jay Peak Resort.
The Rock Crushers will be the state's first-ever professional hockey team. The team plans to be active in local minor hockey programs, school reading programs and fund-raising for charitable organizations.
"Geographically, the Vermont market is an exciting and untapped market for professional hockey, and professional sports in general," said FHL commissioner Don Kirnan. "With the work and research the ownership group have put into this, we feel Vermont can be a great success on and off the ice."
"This organization is committed to serving what we consider the 'four pillars' of any successful hockey franchise: our fans, our corporate partners, our players and our community," added general manager and director of hockey operations Andy Makal. "We look forward to being a community-based organization that makes a positive impact the benefits everyone in the community."
The team begins play in late October in the sophomore season of the FHL, a Single-A professional league operating in the Northeast. Green Mountain joins the Akwesasne (N.Y.) Warriors, Cape Cod Barons, Danbury(Conn.) Whalers, New York Aviators, Rome (N.Y.) Frenzy and Thousand Islands Privateers. Another franchise is expected to be announced soon.