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Butte Cobras Hockey Coming to the Mining City

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The hitting is back and so are the goals, as junior hockey makes its way back to Butte.

"We're in the process of recruiting, as well as getting things lined up with the local rink," said Michael Burks. "We're getting all the logistics done to make sure this thing is happening by the end of September."

Michael Burks will be the owner of the Butte Cobras of the Western States Hockey League.

Currently, Burks is the owner of the Missoula Maulers, and he couldn't think of a better place to start a new team.

"I think Butte's going to be quite surprised that this is not going to be a hockey team that will come in here and just play hockey," said Burks. "This is going to be a community building organization that will be lead by our head coach. We will be seen throughout the community."

Originally, the Cobras hoped to play at the Butte Civic Center, but talks fell through for their inaugural season.

"They've done a phenomenal job marketing it, and opening the calendar up," Burks said. "They showed us the schedule and between basketball, wrestling, and concerts. They're packed for the entire 2014-2015 season."

The Cobras will play their home games at the Butte Community Ice Center.

It's an ice rink that was once home to the Butte Roughriders.

"For us, we want more kids in the rink," said Mark McGinnis, president of the Butte Amateur Hockey Association. "We want more exposure. We want more enthusiasm I guess."

Burks says the cobras will be assembled and ready to play this upcoming season.

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