2009-11-06 / Sports

New York Aviators Hockey Takes Off Tonight

By Elio Velez

The New York Aviators will take to the ice tonight at the Aviator Sports Complex as the newest minor league hockey team takes part in their first game in the North East Professional Hockey League.

The New York Aviators will take on Rhode Island at 7:30 p.m.

The NEPHL is a newly created hockey minor league, which will consist of four teams: the New England Pharoahs, New York Aviators, Rhode Island Storm and Twin City Yeti.

Many key players from last year's successful Brooklyn Aces team will join the fledgling Aviators on the ice. The Aces won the regular season title in the Eastern Professional Hockey League. New Jersey went on to win the title over Brooklyn in the championship game.

The EPHL quietly folded after one season this past summer due to financial issues.

Joining the New York Aviators will be some faces familiar to those who watch ed the Aces last year.

Aviators new coach Rob Miller was the well-respected captain of the Aces last year. He will be guiding such players as Eddie Neville, the goaltender who won 16 games last season.

"I am very excited to have a steady goaltender that I can count on," says Miller.

Jesse Felten came on strong at the end of the season, and the forward from Wisconsin should provide some key goals and sough toughness on the ice.

Chris Holmes scored 16 goals last season and Mike Christensen was second in the league in goals scored with 34.

The Aviators will play a 50-game regular season which will conclude on March 21, 2010.

There will be two play off rounds and a championship series.

The Aviator Sports box office will open 90 minutes before game time. Prices are $10 for adults and $8 for kids. Aviator is located on Flatbush Avenue, just south of Belt Parkway. Via public transportation, take the MTA Q35 bus.

The Aviators practice for tonight's game. All photos by Howard Schwach. The Aviators practice for tonight's game. All photos by Howard Schwach.

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