Is the end near for the Augusta RiverHawks?

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News 12 First at Five / Wednesday, March 13, 2013


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Augusta RiverHawks are working on a new contract deal with the James Brown Arena. Only time will tell if the hockey team will stay in Augusta.

Last month, the team was forced to change venues because of a problem with the ice at the JBA -- or the lack of it. Now we've learned it could take weeks, even months to get fixed.

Both sides say they hope to work out a deal.

"I can't say that right now, I wouldn't say that," said JBA General Manager Monty Jones.

"Anytime you have a building that loses its ice, our team needs some place to play," said VP of Business Operations Ken Vezina.

RiverHawks VP Ken Vezina walked around this empty hardwood floor that should be sitting on top of ice.The Harlem Globetrotters will play here.

"We have the Harlem Globetrotters coming this Friday," Jones said.

Jones announced a new act right as the blades of the RiverHawks Hockey Team left the building.The machine that makes the ice is broken.

"There's issues with the header that chills the ice in the floor," Joens said.

It's been a tough season for the RiverHawks -- losing eight straight games, Team Captain Matt Audry's son died and now the uncertainty of their future.

"It's a tough one. Our team has shown a lot of resilience. We have played good hockey for the last three or four months," Vezina said.

"It's just what we need to do to fix -- if we can fix it. Also, if we need to get a new floor. It's a whole lot of things involved. We want to have all parties involved," Jones said.

No ice to a hockey player is like a pen with no ink; it just doesn't work.

The RiverHawks plan to make a final decision about their future next season this May.

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