Plan to build UAH hockey program includes new facility

The UAH hockey program released a statement Wednesday that outlines its long-term goals, including alignment with a major conference in Division I and a multi-purpose facility that would become the home of the Chargers.

A new facility would be subject to approval of the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees based on the Board’s established criteria. That would include achieving fundraising goals, developing a sustainable business plan, and meeting the school’s budget parameters. UAH is a part of The University of Alabama System.

“This is an exciting time for UAH hockey,” UAH Athletic Director Cade Smith said in a statement released Wednesday. “The UAH administration and our alumni have come together to make a long-term multi-million dollar, multi-year financial commitment so UAH hockey not only survives but becomes a major Division I leader that competes for conference titles and national championships.

The program was on the brink of collapse in May, with the university announcing plans to eliminate hockey due to funding. An online petition and a GoFundme drive helped raise $1 million to keep the program alive for at least one more season.

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