Posted: Aug 17, 2010 5:48 PM by Melissa Hawkes
Updated: Aug 17, 2010 6:11 PM
Louisiana Ice Gator fan, Ashton Langlinais has been rooting for the Cajun hockey team from the very start. He said he's fondest memory is "the original first game, nobody knew the rules. I guess we were more excited about the fights than the goals, so it was just a good time."
The Ice Gator's first season in 1995 sold out the Cajundome. Langlinais said he had season tickets the inaugural year. He said, "I had more people calling me for tickets-to see if we were using them. It was just an event!"
Now the team is headed back to where it all began, after playing one year in the Blackham Coliseum. Cajundome Director, Greg Davis, said "they felt to maximize their potential, they needed to return to the Cajundome."
One of the first steps in getting the Cajundome ready for ice hockey again is replacing the ice plant. It was last used for the Ice Gators five years ago." Phil Ashurst, Operation Manager at the Cajundome, said it takes "three to five days making the ice the first time, it's about 10,000 gallons of water that has to be frozen."
Davis added, " it's a very very slow process, you have to paint the ice, put on the logos, put up the dasher boards--install the Plexiglass. "
Davis says he doesn't think games will attract 11,000 like in the Ice Gators hay-day, but he hopes the team will draw big numbers once again. He said, "most certainly we have the chance to hit 5 6 thousands attendance numbers."