The United States Hockey League announced Monday that a team representing Madison, Wis., will join the USHL beginning in the 2014-15 season.
The team, which has yet to be named, will be owned and operated by Madtown Hockey LLC, a consortium of veteran and new USHL owners. The league's 16-member board of directors hosted the ownership group last month at the USHL's annual meeting and reviewed the plans for the Madison team, which will play home games at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center, subject to final lease approval by the Dane County board of supervisors.
The team will be the USHL's 17th member.
"I remember going to hockey games in the Coliseum as a kid," said Tom Garrity, CEO of Quan Sports Management and a native of Prairie du Chien, Wis. "The environment there was awesome. We plan to bring that energy back with USHL hockey."
Garrity will be a part-owner of the team and will assist with its launch.
The new team will mark the return of USHL hockey to Madison after an absence of nearly two decades. Madison was part of the league from 1984-95, competing as the Madison Capitols from 1984-91 then as the Wisconsin Capitols from 1991-95. The Capitols won more than 200 games during their time in Madison, including a team-record 33 in the 1986-87 and 1988-89 seasons under coach Scott Owens, who now coaches Colorado College.
"We?ve been working on this project for the past nine months in order to insure the USHL returns to Madison as a successful member club," commissioner Skip Prince said in a statement. "We're almost there. Madison has changed and grown over the past 20 years -- as has the USHL -- but the city has retained a rich hockey tradition and a passionate fan base we think will be thrilled by the caliber of hockey and player the USHL will bring to Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It's good to come back home."