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MOLINE, Ill. – The newest Southern Professional Hockey League team has a name. In the fall, the Quad City Storm will take to the ice at the TaxSlayer Center. The name, logo, and team president were revealed to fans and media who were at the arena. Storm co-owners Ryan Mosley and John Dawson, as well as SPHL league commissioner Jim Combs, were present for the reveal.

Mosley came to the podium first, where after thanking fans, Howard Cornfield, and others, he introduced the video that revealed the logo and name.

A storm siren was heard first, followed by ominous gray clouds that hearken rain. Thunder rumbled on screen as “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC faded in. Lightning flashed onscreen as the music became louder, and after a few moments a tornado touched down across the screen. The tornado disappeared in a flash of lighting, revealing the logo of Quad City Storm.

Dawson, the other co-owner of the Storm, approached the podium next and announced the home-opener for the Storm.

“We have 127 days until opening night,” Dawson said. Opening night is October 20, we asked permission and we got it from the Commissioner, we’re going to be playing Peoria (Rivermen) on our opening night.”

Combs stepped to the podium and made more history, introducing Gwen Tombergs as the franchise’s first team president. She is the first female team president in the SPHL and Quad City hockey history. Previously, Tombergs was vice-president of sales and marketing with the CBA’s Quad City Thunder, as well as working for the ECHL’s Richmond Renegades and Major League Baseball’s New York Mets.

“Not only do we have great owners, local owners who you are going to see out in the community,” Tombergs said during the press conference, “we have the TaxSlayer Center, which has been amazingly great to us in this learning process. And I already know that the businesses and the corporations out there are ready to support professional hockey.”

She promised fun for those who will attend games this upcoming season, new promotions and surprises in-store for fans. Tombergs said the team will take cues from the Quad City River Bandits of the MiLB and the Quad City Steamwheelers of the Champions Indoor Football league, who have been successful with their promotions in the past.

“We’re going to have a lot of kid promotions, giveaways, and a lot of surprises that you don’t know until you come to a game night,” said Tombergs.

According to Tombergs, season tickets will go on sale to the general public in early July. Those who placed a deposit on seats before the Mallards’ ECHL season ended have been called and will have until then to renew before having their seats released.

Some sections are now blocked off that were open in previous seasons, as a party patio is being added to the stands. Only a few rows of the upper bowl will be available, all of which will be on the sides and none in the horseshoe behind the visitors’ net. The home schedule was also released, though the only opponent known currently is the Rivermen on opening night.

Tombergs is hiring a marketing director, as well as ticket sales staff.

Coach Dave Pszenyczny spoke next, calling it a “big commitment” for fans to come down to the press conference at noon.

“We’re going to have a team that the community’s going to be proud of. Everybody is going to be expected to work with schools, stay with the community, and create more opportunities with hockey. I’m a firm believer that the players will interact with the fans; without you guys we wouldn’t be able to do what we love,” Pszenyczny stated. “We’re just going to have a really blue collar and hardworking team.”

The last order of business for the press conference was a mock-up of the jersey being revealed, Pszenyczny putting it on after being handed it by Mosley. The mock-up is black with blue bands at the elbow and a band along the bottom, as well as blue piping at the neck. An American flag rests on the right shoulder, and a blue QC patch with lightning font rests on the opposite shoulder. Lettering and numbers were also blue, though both were hollow to reveal the black background. The colors were chosen because, as Dawson said, “We looked at the colors of the other teams in the league and we wanted something that was different.”

The countdown has begun until the Storm takes the ice for the first time.

Keep your eyes peeled on @SinBinStorm on Twitter for the latest news about the newest SPHL team.

2 COMMENTS

  1. They may want to fill the letters and numbers on the back with White to make them more visible from the cheap seats. Otherwise, it appears the absentee ownership faux pas of the past few seasons were noted and are being addressed. Here’s to a Rivermen / Storm President Cup Final matchup.

  2. We’re looking forward to the upcoming season! As regards the jersey; I hope the final product is a nice looking, professional looking jersey. Hopefully it won’t be a clinker.

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