ESPN hockey analyst Darren Pang is adding a new title next to his name: owner. Pang, a former goalie in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks, will be part owner in the yet unnamed United Hockey League team that will play its home games at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.
"I have always had an interest in the development of young people in the game of hockey and in building a winning professional team," Pang said. "When I attended last year's UHL All-Star game and was with some of the league owners, that interest and my whole thought process was re-energized."
Part of the lure for Pang was being involved in a hockey town like Chicago.
"Produce a winning hockey team and they will come see you play," Pang said. "And that is what we intend to do, build a great team to play in a fantastic arena."
Earlier this year the UHL announced its plans to expand its league and have a new team in place in Hoffman Estates for the drop of the puck to open the 2006-2007 season in October 2006.