A new hockey team will be hitting the ice in the capital city later this year and we have all the details.

Photo by Lynda Sanchez on Unsplash
Photo by Lynda Sanchez on Unsplash
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It's been over 20 years since professional hockey has been played in Baton Rouge. That drought ends this October when a new team will call the city home.

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The team's ownership group set up three exhibition games earlier this year at the Raising Cane's Center to test the waters and see if the city would support the return of hockey. The residents of Baton Rouge exceeded their expectations with over 20,000 fans watching the three games.

The Baton Rouge Pro Hockey team made the announcement on their social media:

Baton Rouge Pro Hockey Facebook
Baton Rouge Zydeco Facebook
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I entered the naming contest on their Facebook page, but sadly didn't win. Here where my submissions:

Baton Rouge Zydeco Facebook
Baton Rouge Zydeco Facebook
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They ended up going with the name Baton Rouge Zydeco. Even though I think my names were way more solid for a sports team, I do really like the name they chose. I love the way their logo incorporates the Horace Wilkinson Bridge which is the first thing you see rounding the bend on I-10 before entering Baton Rouge. It's an iconic structure for sure. And of course, you can't go wrong with Zydeco, it's such a special part of our culture here in Louisiana.

I can't wait to bring my son to the Capital City and enjoy some hockey.  I've been craving it ever since the Ice Pirates left Lake Charles, and that was way back in 2001.

Here's the Baton Rouge Zydeco press conference:

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