News12 First at Five/ Oct. 21, 2013
Augusta,Ga---An icy relationship between the city of Augusta and the local hockey team is about to get even colder.
Riverhawks officials say they're planning to sue the city.
We're told they lost more than $150,000 when the ice at the James Brown Arena melted last season forcing them to find a new home. City attorneys are vowing a legal face off.
"I remember two players got into a fight. I was like they're supposed to do that," said Hockey Lover Sophia Sgalato.
Sgalato fell in love with the Riverhawks. She has two hockey sticks, an autographed puck, and several jerseys all of her favorite team.
"I know the teammates that signed my jersey are going places. They may go to the NHL," said Sgalato.
Unfortunately, one place where her team won't be is the James Brown Arena. The ice machine is broke and so was her heart when the team stopped playing.
"I guess it hasn't really hit me yet. I remember I got the email and I started crying. It's like my every winter thing," said Sgalato.
"I don't foresee any ice on the floor," said Attorney Ed Enoch.
Coliseum Attorney Ed Enoch says the contractor will have to replace the whole floor to the tune of a million dollars. No ice is also costing the Riverhawks. They had to move to finish the season last year. Loss revenue along with moving leaves them asking the city for $150,000. It's money Enoch says they won't get.
"It talks about "Force Majure" which are acts of God. One of the specific things, it talks about is breakage or accidents to a machine," said Enoch.
For Sgalato, she doesn't care about a contract. she just wants to see them play.