- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) - The commissioner of a junior hockey league that has 29 teams in the western United States and Canada says he wants to start a team in Dodge City.

Ron White says he’s been considering starting a Western States Hockey League team in Dodge City for two years. He says the league has reliable owner from Colorado Springs, Colorado, who is close to starting the team.

The Dodge City Daily Globe (https://bit.ly/1T2tESp ) reports the prospective owner, Mark Lukehart, wants to name the team the Dodge City Marshals.

“Marshals seem to fit the history of the area,” Lukehart said. “I’ve been interested in junior hockey for a while and I’m looking forward to having my own team.”

He has already made a few potential uniform choices created by a marketing firm.

The Western States Hockey League is for players ages 16 to 20. The players live with host families and are required to perform community service during the season.

The Dodge City Marshals would be added to the league’s Midwest division, which currently has six teams: the Dallas Snipers, El Paso Rhinos, Oklahoma City Blazers, Springfield Express, Tulsa Jr. Oilers and Wichita Jr. Thunder. White says most of the other divisions have seven teams.

“Putting Dodge City in the division would create a natural rivalry with the Wichita team,” White said. “It’s a natural fit.”

Lukehart said Dodge City is a good location for a junior hockey team.

“Junior hockey does better in smaller communities,” he said. “I think Dodge City would be able to draw fans from around the area and Garden City.”

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Information from: The Dodge City (Kan.) Globe, https://www.dodgeglobe.com

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