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Proposed Blues practice facility would be home to girls hockey program

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Rendering of the proposed ice complex in Maryland Heights next to Hollywood Casino. Credit: Maryland Heights Rendering of the proposed ice complex in Maryland Heights next to Hollywood Casino. Credit: Maryland Heights
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The next step for a proposed ice complex is going in front of the Maryland Heights Planning Commission this week.

An application for a Conditional Use Permit will be addressed at Tuesday’s meeting to allow the new fitness and recreational sports center in the area next to the Hollywood Casino.

For a young group of girls in the St. Louis region, the decision means their hockey program would have a permanent home.

“Right now we’re nomads,” St. Louis Lady Cyclones President Chris Johnson said.

Johnson visited their storage unit on Monday to get gear organized for this weekend’s “Try Hockey for Free Event,” which is a day where girls of any age can try out hockey gear for free to test out if they like the sport and want to pursue it.

Since the Lady Cyclones don’t have home ice, the storage unit serves as their equipment room, but if the St. Louis Ice Center plans keep moving forward, they will finally have a permanent home.

It’s something Johnson knows will allow the sport to grow and will give area girls the same opportunities as the boys.

“Now, there will be more children exposed to the great sport of hockey, whether you’re a boy or a girl, it doesn’t matter, there’ll be more opportunities for all kids out there,” said Johnson.

The St. Louis Ice Complex would sit next to the Hollywood Casino. It would have three indoor ice rinks and one outdoor rink. The permit application said the primary tenants would be Lindenwood University, AAA Blues, the St. Louis Blues Alumni, Lady Cyclones and the St. Louis Blues. The Blues will use less than 2 percent of total ice time. It will also be open to the public and Mercy Health will offer training, rehabilitation and urgent care services at the site. The site will also be open to food service and retail.

The Maryland Heights Planning Commission Meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Planning Commission won’t likely make a recommendation to the city council until the March 27 meeting.

If you’d like more info on Saturday’s “Try Hockey for Free Event” visit the Lady Cyclones website. If your child joins their Spring Learn to Play session ($166) they can keep the $300 worth of gear for free.

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