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Dubuque youth hockey program excited about new ice center

DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Eastern Iowa is currently home to two United States Hockey League teams.

The Waterloo Black Hawks and the Cedar Rapids Roughriders, but a new one is on the way.

A long awaited ice arena is coming to Dubuque, and its bringing with it, a USHL team, which will replace the Dubuque Thunder Birds. Their home: Mystique Ice Center.

Its time for hockey practice. Inside the Five Flags Center dozens of young hockey players put on their blades and take the ice.

"We live in dubuque iowa and to have any ice at all is great for us. But it's always been a crowded situation where there was limited ice time," said Tim Weber a coach and board member.

It's time limited by rodeos, circus', and concerts. But next year things will be different. Wednesday the Dubuque Community Ice and Recreation Center announced funding for a new ice arena.

"320 days out of the year it's gonna be used for figure stating, public skating and so on. 30 to 40 nights out of the year the USHL team will play," said Bob Woodward, president of Woodward Communications.

The 66,000 square foot arena, known as the Mystique Ice Center, will hold more then 3,200 people and host USHL hockey games.

"It'll be great to have a USHL league, renew those competitive things between Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Des Moines, things that are closer us," said Woodward.

The new facility will be located at the McAleece Sports Complex, replacing blades of grass with a different blade. Currently the youth hockey league shares Five Flags with other events, but this new ice arena will help bring more recreation programs to more people.

"We'll have ice, at more convenient times, so it's just gonna be a lot easier for everybody," said Weber.

Instead of fighting for ice time, these kids can fight for the puck, on the same ice as their new professional hockey team.

Groundbreaking for the new ice center is November 2nd. The facility is expected to be open by the fall of 2010.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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