Minor league hockey coming to St. Clair Shores

Posted at 5:29 PM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-19 10:16:28-04

The St. Clair Shores City Council voted unanimously to bring a professional hockey team to the city.

The plan will bring a professional minor league hockey team to St. Clair Shores, playing at the Civic Arena beginning in the fall.

"We're excited to bring professional hockey back into Macomb County, bring it into St. Clair Shores and to make some great family entertainment at a very reasonable price," Mayor Kip Walby said.

The Federal Hockey League, which currently has six teams, wants to put a team in St. Clair Shores. The construction of new locker rooms would be one of the requirements of the deal.

The city will partner with the league and the St. Clair Shores Hockey Association on the $250,000 project.

"They're going to front the lion's share of the money and actually oversee the construction of the locker rooms to make that possible," City Manager Michael Smith said.

As part of the plan, the city would purchase $50,000 worth of construction supplies but share in the revenue.

The Civic Arena is the place where Mark Wells of the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team got his start, as well as other familiar names to hockey fans.