Junior Hockey Team Approved For Move To Norwalk

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Junior hockey team approved for move to Norwalk

You may not know it, but Norwalk has a deep hockey history.

In the 1950s and ’60s the Norwalk Home Oilers played at the old Crystal Rink on Crescent Street as one of the top U.S. semipro hockey teams and fans flocked to see them play.

Some of that old-time hockey is about to make a comeback in Norwalk as the Eastern Junior Hockey League approved the move of the current team playing in Albany to Norwalk for the 2012-13 season.

The team will be called the Connecticut Oilers, and will play at the newly built SoNo Ice House and be coached by local hockey icon Eric Lind.

Back in June, Lind, Ryan Hughes and Oilers General Manager Stephan Seeger presented to the EJHL ownership group and on Jan. 15 the team was finally approved to make the move south to Norwalk.

"Having high level junior hockey in this area is so important," Seeger said. "Eric has an enormously strong connection to Norwalk and we could not imagine a better head coach. Ryan was the force behind getting the rink in Norwalk and both of these guys have a history of working with youth hockey players in the area and they are very well known in the hockey community."

Tryouts will begin in April, though the Ice House will not be open until June.

The EJHL is a tier-3 program, but will serve as the highest level of junior hockey on the East Coast, meaning kids who would once have to go away to prep school or move away to play junior hockey can now stay at home.

Scott Ericson

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