News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

The Green Mountain Arena in Morrisville will be home to Vermont’s first professional hockey team starting this fall, says the News and Citizen. The team will be called the Green Mountain Rock Crushers and is part of the Federal Hockey League. The arena currently holds about 400 people, but there are plans to increase seating capacity to about 1,000 people and update dressing rooms with the announcement of the team’s arrival. The team hopes to draw from Vermont’s northernmost counties, as well as the southern part of Quebec. The Rock Crushers is one of two teams added to the initial 6-team league this year. The home opener is scheduled Oct.. 29 against the defending league champs, N.Y.’s Akwesasne Warriors. “…so far the response from the community has been really positive,” says General Manager Andy Makal.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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