Williamsport, PA – The Federal Hockey League, with teams in the New York Metropolitan Area, New England, Canada and the Midwest announced its New Jersey franchise has moved to Williamsport, PA at a press conference at Historic Bowman Field on July 24, 2012.
The New Jersey Outlaws launched its inaugural season in the Federal Hockey League in the 2011-2012 season joining Akwesasne (Cornwall, ON), Cape Cod (MA), Danbury (CT), Brooklyn (NY), Thousand Islands (Alexandria Bay, NY) and Danville (IL). This coming 2012-2013 season the Federal Hockey League has expanded into Watertown (NY), Dayton (OH) and Williamsport (PA).
The Outlaws arrive in Williamsport coming off a championship season capturing the 2011-2012 Commissioner’s Cup Championship in their first season. The Outlaws will serve as the Single ‘A’ affiliate of the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL. Elmira is the ‘AA’ affiliate of the NHL Ottawa Senators.
Present at the press conference were Outlaws’ Owner/CEO Kristin Rooney, President & Head Coach Chris Firriolo as well as Outlaws’ front-office staff and Federal Hockey League Commissioner Don Kirnan.
"Four years ago when FHL Commissioner Don Kirnan and I sat down to discuss the overall vision of the league, we knew the value and impact a Pennsylvania franchise would have on the growth and development of the league,’’ said Outlaws President/Head Coach Chris Firriolo. “It is exciting to see it come to fruition and we all feel Williamsport embodies all the important elements to be an exceptional minor league hockey market.”
Firriolo added, "The mission of the FHL is to develop professional hockey players and to provide an evening of affordable family entertainment within its community and market place. With strong committed ownership and an experienced management staff assembled we feel the opportunity here is an exciting one."
Outlaws CEO/Owner Kristin Rooney also feels the opportunity is special. “This is an exciting venture for myself and my organization to bring our franchise to such a special community as well as for the fans of Williamsport and the northern central Pennsylvania region,’’ said Rooney. “We look forward to bringing a high level of professional hockey to a special facility in Williamsport.
FHL Commissioner Don Kirnan confirmed the FHL’s entry into the Keystone State is a major step in the development of the league. “This is a great opportunity for the FHL to break into the Pennsylvania market as it will become an important pillar with in the league's geographical footprint,’’ Kirnan said. “Our vision a few years ago was to develop a strong Single 'A' Professional Hockey League to support the Northeast Corridor teams in the ECHL and AHL, and we feel the Pennsylvania franchise is a huge step in achieving our goals as a league.'’
The Outlaws office can be reached by calling 570-560-0906.