Source: Baton Rouge Pro Hockey Facebook

Baton Rouge Pro Hockey looking for volunteers for upcoming season

BATON ROUGE — Professional hockey is returning to the Capital City this fall, and the new team is looking for volunteers for the upcoming season.

Baton Rouge leaders announced this week that an expansion franchise of the Federal Prospects Hockey League, a single A professional hockey league independent of the NHL, would be coming to the city in October 2023

Barry Soskin, the president and GM of Baton Rouge professional hockey, said the team is in the process of hiring a staff. He also said that a naming contest would take place in the coming months.

The team announced Friday that they are looking for volunteers for game day operations. In a Facebook post, they said this includes ticket takers, working the merchandise booth, assisting with the 50/50 raffle, managing the Chuck-a-puck and working with the broadcast team.

 

Hockey returns to Baton Rouge

The team is expected to play 28 home games at the Raising Cane’s River Center during the 2023-2024 season.

Three exhibition games in December and January saw more than 20-thousand fans flood the River Center. That exceeded the group’s goal of getting 15-thousand fans in seats for the three games.

The fandom over those exhibition games led the city to striking a deal to bring a hockey team to Baton Rouge.

The professional hockey team signed a three year lease with the River Center. That follows the East Baton Rouge metro council approving upgrades to the River Center. New locker rooms and a new electronic scoreboard over center ice are among those improvements.

“It excites me on a couple of levels”

Baton Rouge metro councilman Rowdy Gaudet applauded the announcement this week. He tells Unfiltered with Kiran that he hopes it leads to more improvements being made to the River Center.

He says the hockey team will bring 7,000 people downtown for home games. And he believes that is a great opportunity to show fans what improvements need to be made to the aging facility.

“(The River Center) can be and should be more,” Gaudet said. “We need significant improvements there. If you want to grow Baton Rouge, we need to have what truly is a downtown convention center. We can make it what it needs to be, and I think that’s a conversation that’s going to start soon. So, it excites me on a couple of levels.”

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