City Council Pulls the Ice Out From Under Tech Hockey - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/25/08

City Council Pulls the Ice Out From Under Tech Hockey

The Lubbock City Council pulled the power play on Texas Tech Hockey Thursday, informing Coach Paul Fioroni that they will not be able to play hockey at the City Bank Coliseum anymore and must vacate the premises immediately.

This comes a day before Tech was scheduled to host Division I Oklahoma in the season opener. Fioroni tells NewsChannel 11 he is stunned by the city council's move and only NewsChannel 11 was at the coliseum for Thursday's press conference where Coach Fioroni made an emotional plea.

Without a season lease, Fioroni says he still has individual game contracts with the city, including one for this weekend, which are valid. He tells NewsChannel 11 he told Oklahoma to come on out to play Friday night and he hopes Tech and youth hockey supporters, plus the City of Lubbock comes out for the 7 p.m. game.

The city council's move affects more than Tech hockey but youth hockey, skating and the ice skating course offered at South Plains College.

Coach Fioroni says his players have spent the last 72 hours getting the ice ready, their parents are flying into Lubbock to see a game Friday and, since he has valid game contracts, he says the Oklahoma game is a go at 7 p.m. Friday night at the City Bank Coliseum.

Click on the streaming video icons above to hear some of Coach Paul Fioroni's comments at Thursday's press conference.

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