(WKRG, MOBILE, ALABAMA)
Mobile is a big hub for college football fans–but is there enough support and money to bring hockey back? A small push has been gaining some attention. Digging through the WKRG archives we found video from the final game of the Mobile Mysticks hockey team in 2002. A game played on the same day team managers announced a move to Georgia. It’s been 14 years since the Mobile Civic center has seen a slick goal or raucous fisticuffs on the ice. Young Jacob Whitehead wants to change that.
“It’s pretty much an investment type deal, it will cost $1 million but your return would be almost 100% profit,” said the petition founder. A week ago he started this petition to bring back the Mysticks. It has already garnered more than 1,000 signatures.
“So that not only people in mobile and the surrounding areas in the counties people in Biloxi can come, it’s strategically located and planned that doesn’t just affect Mobile, but the surrounding areas,” said Whitehead. In the years since men practiced and played on the ice–the gulf coast’s sports landscape has melted and reformed. 2009 saw the return of hockey to Pensacola with the Ice Flyers. 2009 also saw the birth of the Mississippi Surge–which folded in 2014.
In Mobile, even with winning seasons, Bay Bears baseball has seen attendance drop. Whitehead says there’s still room for hockey.
“With hockey, most of the games are only on Friday and Saturday it’s easier for families to get out with their kids and different things,” said Whitehead. The pictures below come from the Mobile Mysticks fan page on Facebook.