Blizzard to relocate to Saint Cloud

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Trenton Abrego, Editor-In-Chief

Brookings will be without the NAHL affiliate Blizzard, who are relocating to Saint Cloud, Minnesota the league announced on Monday.

In the 2012-13 season, the Blizzard moved to Brookings from Alexandria, Minnesota. In the seven-year tenure, the organization compiled a 161-217-45 record.

During the 2015-16 season and the 2016-17, the Blizzard enjoyed their most successful seasons when they advanced to the NAHL Divisional Semifinals.

β€œWe have enjoyed the past seven years in Brookings. It is a great town with passionate fans and a great facility. However, there were some things beyond our control that made it necessary to consider a new home. We felt like the relocation to St. Cloud gives us the best chance as an organization to continue to be competitive in the NAHL and the Central Division,” Blizzard Owner and Governor Chris Canavati told www.nahl.com.

In Saint Cloud, the Blizzard will play at the Municipal Athletic Complex which will be undergoing a $24 million dollar expansion, with $12 million going to the arena. Currently, the MAC holds 2,100 people.

β€œThe relocation provides the team with the best option to be successful on and off the ice moving forward in a quality venue with enhanced access to scouts and a deep player pool, which includes closer proximity to many of the teams in the NAHL family of leagues,” NHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld told www.nahl.com.