The Stateline is getting a second high school hockey team to go with the Rockford Icemen. This one will play in Belvidere.
It’ll be called the Fury. The team name and logo of a tornado were revealed Thursday at a press conference in Doty Park in Belvidere at the new Riverside Ice Arena.
“The Fury was actually the first car that rolled off the Chrysler line here in Belvidere, so that’s why we went with the Fury,” says Belvidere Hockey Association President Stacy McGowan. “And as you know we’ve all experienced tornadoes in this area.”
McGown’s son Patrick is a sophomore at Belvidere North. He has played hockey for years through the Rockford Hockey Club, but without this new team he wouldn’t have been able to play high school hockey.
(Patrick McGowan, Belvidere North Student) “I’ve just always thought that when I got to high school I’d just have to go do something else. Play basketball or just do, just quit,” says McGowan. “Now I don’t have to which is awesome!”
Jacob Brawner is another Belvidere student who plans to suit up for the team. “I never really thought we’d have one (a hockey team) and then the ice (Belvidere’s new rink) came and basically I asked them if we could have a hockey team and this is where we are now.”
In addition to students from Belvidere High School and Belvidere North this combined team will also draw players from North Boone and from Sycamore.
The Fury already has a head coach in place. He’s Brian Lucca. He’s been a coach for the Rockford Hockey Club, and he’s a teacher at Belvidere.
“Back in the day it was a dream of mine to teach a high school and then coach a team for that and I never would have predicted that Belvidere would have hockey, so very excited,” says Lucca.
Lucca also says there’s plenty of interest among students in Belvidere to field a team.
The bulk of the Fury’s home games will be played outdoors at the Riverside Ice Arena making the Fury one of the more unique teams in the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois.
“The association was actually very excited about it,” says Stacy McGowna. “If you look at any of the teams’ websites the one game that they highlight is their outdoor game and the fact that we have lights makes it even an added bonus.”
The Fury is looking into an agreement with an indoor ice arena east of Belvidere to have some games played indoors in the event of inclement weather.