The University of Kansas club hockey team has had success inside the rink this season. But as for the rink itself, that’s hindering its hopes of expanding and becoming more prominent in Lawrence.
Players and coaches spend most of their time traveling to the ice instead of actually playing on it. Doubling as University students, they travel almost an hour away to practice at Line Creek Community Center in Kansas City, Missouri. For games, the club team treks to Independence, Missouri.
KU club hockey even travels to Midwestern states like Nebraska, Iowa and even South Dakota just to play away games.
The club’s general manager Jimmy Samuels said building a rink would cost around $2.5 million, depending on the facility and its attributes. He also said that for the time being, the team is focusing on fundraising and finding sponsors because currently, all expenses are out of the players’ pockets.
The end goal for the University club? KU Athletics adding ice hockey in its list of men’s Division I programs.
Anyone interested in joining the club or providing a donation to the hockey team can find more information on the team’s website.