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Milwaukee Bucks say ‘no plans for the NHL’ at new arena

Bucks Arena Proposal

A rendering of a proposed new Milwaukee Bucks arena is shown during a press conference Wednesday, April. 7, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)


Milwaukee’s new arena for the NBA’s Bucks will be hockey-compatible, but don’t count on any big push to land an NHL franchise.

“There are no plans for the NHL,” Bucks spokesman Jake Suski told the Milwaukee Business Journal.

The basketball team will operate the new arena, which is slated to open in 2018. It’s expected that Bucks ownership will pursue hockey events like the NCAA’s Frozen Four and/or NHL exhibition games.

Of note, Milwaukee’s AHL team, the Admirals, will not be tenants in the new building; instead, they’ve signed a 10-year lease to play at UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena, starting next season.

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