LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Lafayette’s professional hockey team, The Louisiana IceGators, will suspend operations for the 2016-2017 season.
General Manager Louis Dumont announced the suspension Monday on the team’s Facebook page saying the move is, “the best route to take.”
But the reality is the team is gone forever, unless a new owner wants to take over the team, or the current ownership group can get things in order before the 2017-18 season.
GM Louis Dumont, who played for the IceGators in the 1990s, and the rest of IceGators management have been contemplating this decision for months now.
The Cajundome’s upcoming renovations and the lack of ticket sales over the past few years really assisted the decline of Acadiana’s most successful professional franchise, according to Dumont.
In an exclusive interview, Dumont says it’ll be hard to leave the the team behind:
“It has been a great deal to the community for the past 15, 16, 17 years. So for us it’s disapointing. You put a lot of work into it. But it’s really hard to put into words what it’s meant to a lot of people in Acadiana and South Louisiana. We were the only pro-hockey team here.”
Head coach Drew Omicioli told KLFY that he will not be back with the IceGators next season.