St. Charles Chill
|St. Charles Chill|
|City||St. Charles, Missouri|
|League||Central Hockey League|
|Home arena||Family Arena|
|Colors||Black, silver, white, ice blue
|Head coach||Jamie Rivers|
|2013–2014||St. Charles Chill|
|Ray Miron President's Cup||None|
The St. Charles Chill were a minor league ice hockey team formerly a member of the Central Hockey League that began play during the 2013–14 season on October 19, 2013 as the affiliate of the National Hockey League's St. Louis Blues and the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves. Based in St. Charles, Missouri, the Chill played its home games at the Family Arena.
When Jamie Rivers decided to take over the head coach position for the St. Charles Chill, he planned on making the greatest team in CHL history. That didn't become a reality when they only won 11 games in a 66 game season. Still they had a quite large fan base support the team despite their losing ways. Some of the biggest, most well known fans at the Family Arena were Parker Pence, Dirtstache Dom Himich, and the Deladouche brothers. It is even rumored that Gale Horas made an appearance to a Chill victory.
On August 1, 2012, the CHL announced that the former Laredo Bucks franchise had been transferred to new ownership headed by Gustavo Hernandez, Alfonso Arguindegui and Glenn Hart, with plans to relocate the team to St. Charles and the Family Arena, taking up the "St. Charles Chill" name, proving the rumors wrong that the team would be named after Steve Roth's nose.
Patrick Armstrong served as the team's Executive VP, handling the day-to-day operations of the club. Bart Hull (brother of St. Louis Blues alum Brett Hull) was named Vice President of Business Operations (a title his brother holds with NHL affiliate St. Louis Blues)
105.7 The Point's (KPNT-FM) Tony Patrico (Woody & Rizzuto Show) served as In-Game Host during games. KFNS host Jeff Burton served as Public Address announcer. Matt Grover of CBS Sports 920/insidestl.com (WGNU-AM) was the DJ for the Chill.
During every home game, they had the puck toss in between periods. If one of the pucks was made into the bucket at center ice, the thrower would win the pot of money. The St. Charles Chill, though never winning a championship, proved to be one of the top teams in the history of the CHL.
The Chill finished last among CHL teams during its inaugural season, with only eleven wins, but managed to rank seventh in attendance with an average of 2,585 fans per game at the Family Arena. Because of this, on May 2, 2014, the official website of the St. Charles Chill announced the team was ceasing operations.
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- "St. Charles Chill Introduce Jamie Rivers as Head Coach". CentralHockeyLeague.com. Central Hockey League. September 17, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
- "Chill on ice". Rapid City Journal. May 2, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014.