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Federal Prospects Hockey League team could compete in Binghamton this year

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- A new, high-scoring, physical, and "fun" type of hockey could come to Binghamton this year, according to Chris Marion, manager of the Visions Federal Credit Union Veterans Memorial Arena.

Marion told 12 News that an owner of the Watertown Wolves of the Federal Prospects Hockey League offered to expand a team in the Binghamton area this week. The board approved the proposal and recommended it to Broome County Executive Jason Garnar.

Marion said the board considered the request, which would place a hockey team in the arena, keeping people employed and bringing business to the downtown area.

The Watertown Wolves would not move. The team would expand into Binghamton.

The Federal Prospects Hockey League is not affiliated with the AHL or ECHL; however, having a team at the arena would keep the building "AHL ready".

Marion said immediately after the county learned the Binghamton Devils were leaving Broome County, it informed the AHL, ECHL, and Federal Prospects Hockey League that it had space for a team. The AHL and ECHL are not options for this year, Marion said.

Marion said the county has been pursuing opportunities to bring hockey to the area this fall and in the future. In finding a prime tenant, the county would be able to keep hockey at the arena this fall, as well as bring value to sponsors, taxpayers, and rental groups.

Marion told 12 News there are several fans who want to see ECHL hockey come to the arena; however, no other formal proposals have been presented to the board.

In regards to interest in bringing an ECHL hockey team to Binghamton, Marion said there are no formal negotiations at this time.

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