Looking to cash in on Acadiana’s wild and abundant leisure dollars, Houston real estate developer Curly Munsen has announced plans to start a professional ice hockey franchise in Lafayette. “I’ve already secured franchise rights with the Southwest Hockey Independent Titleholder Association and got the OK to move forward,” Munsen announced at a press conference last week at the Clifton Chenier Center. “All that’s really standing in the way now is getting a venue for the games, naming the team, which we’ll do through a public contest, and of course developing a roster.”
Munsen indicated that SHITA will hold a supplemental draft in June to provide the core of the team, and that he would personally direct player recruitment after that. Then, Munsen said, he will tap the public’s imagination for a name. “I’m hoping they’ll submit ideas that really scream Bayou Country,” the entrepreneur said, “something with a crawfish or a ’gator or Spanish moss.”
The Texan added that he thinks the Cajundome would be an ideal venue for games. “I just feel it in my bones,” he said. “South Louisiana is ready for the fast pace of professional ice hockey. I’ve invested a lot money in this idea, and when I invest, I get results.”
When told by a reporter that Lafayette was home to a professional ice hockey team for a decade — the Louisiana IceGators, which folded in 2005 — Munsen was silent for a moment, then replied: “My partner, Eric Cloutier, didn’t mention that.”
Forgiving shapes for NOLA Bowl
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, December 12, 2013:
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.
Laid back vibe just right for NOLA Bowl
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
Week long specials and a ribbon cutting celebration held in Parc Lafayette
Fort Worth company's new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport will build helicopters primarily for the export market.
Could River Ranch restaurant be the next star?
Move over Hooters — there’s a new breastaurant coming to town.
Hashtag, retweet, like, share and do whatever else it takes to get in good today with the jolly man in red.
That would be Congressman John Fleming talking about Sen. David Vitter.
The alleged mastermind behind the bribery scheme that went on for four years under DA Mike Harson’s nose isn’t just schizophrenic, bipolar and recovering from mini strokes; he now says he has cancer.
Louisiana's higher education leaders are trying to work out a financing deal to keep the state's public colleges from running low on state cash to operate their campuses.
With their latest triumph, the Saints left little doubt about how tough they are to beat in the Superdome. Unfortunately, two of their remaining three games are on the road.
The festival is scheduled for March 21-22 in New Orleans.