USA Hockey to buy Compuware Arena; future of Whalers in question

USA Hockey announced today that it is buying the Compuware Ice Arena in Plymouth. The sale is expected to be done by the 1st half of 2015.

Compuware Arena has been around since 1996 and it the current home of the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The building and team are both currently owned by Peter Karmanos (also owner of the NHL Carolina Hurricanes), who has hinted at a possible relocation or sale of the Whalers franchise. I’d be shocked if the US NTDP and the Whalers shared the building, so unfortunately I’d be betting on a relocation of the OHL Whalers.

It’s expected that after the arena sale to the USA Hockey Foundation is complete, USA Hockey will move their National Team Development Programs from Ann Arbor to Plymouth. The Under-17 and Under-18 teams currently play at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. Both teams feature some of the best players from the United States and compete against College and international teams. Notable USNTDP alumni include Patrick Kane, Phil Kessel, Jimmy Howard, Ryan Kesler, Ryan Suter, and James Van Riemsdyk.

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1 thought on “USA Hockey to buy Compuware Arena; future of Whalers in question”

  1. Huge for the USNDTP as that’s a fairly significant upgrade to see the U17 and U18 team go up against international competition and the USHL. I don’t think the Whalers would work in Flint if that’s their destination.

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