I wanted to take a minute or two to introduce myself to the Gone Puck Wild readers. I was brought on to cover the Iowa Wild, I cover the Syracuse Crunch for Bolts By The Bay as well. My name is Lora, I’ve been around on FanSided since July 2011. Currently, I live in Iowa and I’m a huge fan of the Tampa Bay Lightning. My husband (then boyfriend) was always a fan of hockey and I decided I should choose a team to cheer for, which ended up being the Lightning. I’ve been following hockey for about 10 years now. Besides NHL and AHL, I also follow some junior teams here in Iowa. (I’m very excited that we’ll have an AHL team to cheer for here in Iowa again!) We frequently attend USHL games and have season tickets to see our local NA3HL team. If I’m not following hockey, I’m usually just spending time with my family doing various activities.
When the rumor came out about the Minnesota Wild moving their AHL affiliate, the Houston Aeros, to Iowa I wasn’t sure what to really think. Iowa has had previous AHL teams that didn’t last too long, but due to certain circumstances they made quick exits. Although a lot of people think the reasoning for other teams leaving the Iowa scene had to do with profit, that was never the case. The Iowa Wild will be using the Wells Fargo Arena, which previously housed the Iowa Stars and Iowa Chops, as their home arena. The Wells Fargo Arena was primarily built for sporting events and while it’s still use for concerts, I’ve been longing for another professional hockey team to return and I’m excited it’s finally happening. As long as they can fill the seats, I don’t think there will be any issues with gaining and keeping fans. A lot of Iowans have been in the same boat as I have been, and will strongly support their new home team. It is my understanding that the Iowa Wild could form an alliance with the already present USHL team, Des Moines Buccaneers, to promote hockey, host camps, promotional events and more.
I look forward to covering the Iowa Wild for you and cannot wait to provide news, updates and game recaps for the upcoming Iowa Wild season! You’re welcome to follow me on Twitter, @Electrifying.