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Flying Aces to Hold Media Day at Grossinger Motors Arena

By Flying Aces Staff, 10/01/18, 10:00AM CDT



Photo by Hickling Images

Photo by Hickling Images

Bloomington, Ill. - The Central Illinois Flying Aces will be holding a Media Day on Tuesday, October 2nd at 4:00 PM at Grossinger Motors Arena.

The team will host media from the surrounding community to showcase the talent that the team has assembled, as well as the background of the United States Hockey League.

The outing will include refreshments and a short presentation from Head Coach/General Manager Mike Watt along with COO Zach Cooper.

The team plans to introduce the 2018-19 coaching staff and roster, a lineup that includes nine returning players from last season’s team, and a bevy of young talent to round out the roster.

Incoming players include the first overall draft pick of the 2018 Phase II Draft, Trevor Janicke, the first overall pick of the 2018 Phase I Draft, Stephen Halliday and Mitchell Gibson, a fourth-round pick of the Washington Capitals in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Gibson will be the first goalie in team history with an affiliation to an NHL team.

Central Illinois will also announce their promotional schedule for the 2018-19 season.

The schedule includes a theme night for all 30 games, including Sunday Funday’s and fan favorites such as the 3rd annual Wiener Dog Races and Teddy Bear Toss.

To attend the Media Day, enter through the Flying Aces Front Office on the corner of Front St. and Madison St.

The Flying Aces enter their fifth season as a member of the USHL, with a great deal of optimism surrounding their organization.

The Flying Aces begin their season at the USHL Fall Classic in Pittsburgh this week, ahead of their first home matchup of the season on October 6th against Waterloo at Grossinger Motors Arena.

Season tickets and Mini Plans for the 2018-19 season are on sale now. For tickets or more information, call the Flying Aces at 309-434-2980 or visit

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Known as the Bloomington Thunder from 2014-17, the newly-rebranded Central Illinois Flying Aces are a member of the top junior hockey league in the United States, the United States Hockey League (USHL). The only Tier I junior hockey league in the country, the USHL has become renowned for developing the next stars of both Division I college hockey and the NHL. At the start of the 2017-18 season, there were 128 active USHL alumni on NHL rosters, with at least one USHL alumnus playing for each of the 31 teams. In total, there have been 253 USHL players who have gone onto NHL careers, including Patrick Sharp, David Backes, Johnny Gaudreau, and Joe Pavelski, among others. The players in the USHL range in age from 16-20 years old, 95 percent of whom will go on to play college hockey at the Division I level. For more information, visit or or download the USHL Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.




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