Central Illinois Flying Aces
The Central Illinois Flying Aces were a Tier I junior hockey team that played as a member of the United States Hockey League. Based in Bloomington, Illinois, the Flying Aces played their home games at the Grossinger Motors Arena, located in downtown Bloomington.
|Central Illinois Flying Aces|
|League||United States Hockey League|
|Home arena||Grossinger Motors Arena|
|Colors||Red, navy, light blue, white|
|Owner(s)||CSH International Inc.|
|General manager||Mike Watt|
|Head coach||Mike Watt|
|Media||WJBC-FM (93.7 FM)|
|2017–2019||Central Illinois Flying Aces|
From 2006 to 2014, Bloomington was home to various minor league professional hockey teams in the International Hockey League (IHL), Central Hockey League (CHL) and then the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). The SPHL's Bloomington Thunder folded in April 2014 when new owners obtained the expansion rights to a Tier I junior team in the United States Hockey League. The new Bloomington USHL team obtained the rights to the name from the previous teams and became the Bloomington Thunder. Initially they kept the SPHL team's logo but rolled out a new logo and color scheme at the USHL Draft.
- "USHL Approves Expansion to Bloomington, Illinois". USHL. April 4, 2014.
- "USHL conditionally accepts Bloomington team". The Pantagraph. April 1, 2014.
- "It's Official: Thunder Hockey Team Becomes Flying Aces". WGLT. August 24, 2017.
- "Statement on Central Illinois Flying Aces". USHL. February 28, 2019.