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Roanoke to host two regular season games

November 3, 2004 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) News Release

LAKE ST. LOUIS, MO--- The United Hockey League (UHL) announced Wednesday that the Richmond RiverDogs will play their final two regular season games in Roanoke, Virginia. The RiverDogs will play the Motor City Mechanics at the Roanoke Civic Center on Friday, April 8th, 2005 and Saturday, April 9th, 2005. Roanoke previously hosted a UHL preseason game last month in which the RiverDogs played the Missouri River Otters.

"We were very pleased with the preseason game that was played in Roanoke in October," stated Richard Brosal UHL President/CEO. "The city, arena, and fans have shown great interest in our league. The UHL challenged the city to acquire 1,000 season ticket deposits, and they have already achieved half of that amount. We will continue to work with the city of Roanoke and the Civic Center to construct a lease and work towards putting a UHL team in Roanoke for the 2005-06 season."

The Richmond RiverDogs will call Roanoke home for two evenings. The team will also wear special jerseys with "Roanoke" on the sleeve. "We really appreciated how well the teams were treated during the preseason game and the RiverDogs organization wants to do whatever it takes to help bring hockey back to Roanoke," stated RiverDogs General Manager, Jeff Croop.

Tickets for the two April contests will go on sale Friday, November 26th at the Roanoke Civic Center box office. Fans can call 888-397-3100 to order tickets. Fans can also place a $25 refundable 2005-06 season ticket deposit by calling the same number. The final date to place this deposit is December 5th.

The UHL has embarked on its 14th consecutive season with 14 member clubs in seven states, including the expansion Danbury Trashers (Connecticut), Motor City Mechanics (Michigan) and the Kansas City Outlaws (Missouri).

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