No pro hockey in sight for Elmira
ELMIRA, N.Y. -- Elmira's First Arena won't see any pro hockey in its immediate future after an attempt to bring the Federal Hockey League back for the 2017-2018 season resulted in no agreement.
Robbie Nichols, owner of the Elmira Pioneers, was interested in managing a team and leasing the arena. He made an offer to the board Friday, which it rejected, saying it just wasn't feasible. Chemung County's IDA then made a counter-offer, which Nichols rejected. The offer was identical to what was offered to the previous potential buyer, $3.5 million.
Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli said that, although the deal was rejected, events will still take place at the arena throughout the year, as well as youth hockey.