Announcement regarding new team put on ice

Arizona club hockey
2011-04-20T00:00:00Z 2015-01-28T16:21:57Z Announcement regarding new team put on icePatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 20, 2011 12:00 am  • 

A heated meeting with Arizona Icecats coach Leo Golembiewski on Tuesday scuttled the UA's announcement of a reorganized club hockey team - at least for the time being.

Alongside legal representation, the coach of 32 years spent about an hour discussing his future with UA officials. At times, his voice could be heard 15 feet outside the meeting's closed doors.

In the past month, Department of Campus Recreation and Icecats players have discussed transforming the team into a more standard, student-run, club sport. Called the Arizona Wildcats, the proposed team likely would not feature Golembiewski as a coach or administrator.

The UA was slated to issue a news release about the new club team late Tuesday, Arizona Wildcats club hockey president Brian Slugocki said, but "just felt the timing wasn't right" after the meeting.

Golembiewski met with, among others, vice president of student affairs Melissa Vito, associate vice president of student affairs Frank Farias and Department of Campus Recreation assistant director Mary O'Mahoney.

Farias said a new team could be announced soon and that the delay "does not signal" a deviation from the plan.

"We will continue to have discussions," he said.

Golembiewski began to comment afterward but was pulled away by his attorney, Marian Abram of Karp & Weiss.

"No comment," she said.

Reached later via phone, the coach refused comment. Last week, he stayed mum "due to pending legal action."

Golembiewski's nonprofit organization runs the Icecats, which he founded in 1979.

He owns the copyright to the nickname and collected a salary from the team in recent years.

Like the Icecats, the Wildcats plan to play at the Tucson Convention Center and as a Division I team in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

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