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Bucs Home Opener Moved to MidAmerican Energy Company RecPlex

September 21, 2022 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Des Moines Buccaneers News Release

URBANDALE, Iowa - Equipment problems at the Des Moines Buccaneers' arena will force the team to move its 2022-23 season home opener to the MidAmerican Energy Company RecPlex in West Des Moines, team president Nate Teut said today.

"Due to ice maintenance complications, we have learned that Buccaneer Arena will not be ready for our season opener. However, we are excited to announce that we will host our season opener at the MidAmerican Energy Company RecPlex in West Des Moines. Over the last two years, we have faced significant challenges at Buccaneer Arena. Despite those challenges, our ownership remains committed to Buccaneer hockey and the growth of the game in the Des Moines metro. We look forward to showcasing future NCAA stars and NHL players as we celebrate the great game of hockey in the Des Moines metro," Buccaneers President, Nate Teut said.

The Buccaneers will host the Waterloo Black Hawks at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. The doors will open for season ticket holders at 4:45 p.m. Doors will open to the general public at 5:15 p.m. All tickets will be general admission or standing room only, if needed. General admission tickets will be $15; standing room only tickets will be $10.

The Bucs' first promotion of the season, Magnet Schedule Giveaway, will be sponsored by JLM Shooters Supply. There also will be live music by Brian Congdon, playing from 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. before the game.

MidAmerican Energy RecPlex General Manager, Shayne Ratcliff said, "We are thrilled to partner with the Des Moines Buccaneers and have the opportunity to bring a USHL game to the City of West Des Moines, while also showcasing the RecPlex with fans that have yet to experience the facility".

Buccaneers Head Coach Matt Curley said, "Although we would love to be opening at Buccaneer Arena, playing at the RecPlex offers a tremendous alternative to start our 2022-23 season. It is a beautiful facility to play our home opener and offers yet another opportunity for the Buccaneers to play in a different part of the Des Moines metro."

Teut said, "We know the best fans in the USHL will be there to support their Buccaneers and we look forward to welcoming new Buc fans in the process. Finally, thank you to the city of West Des Moines and the MidAmerican Energy RecPlex for opening their doors to us -- Go Bucs!"

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