Alexandria Bay, NY, Jan 06, 2010 — A professional hockey team is coming to the Thousand Islands. today at 1 pm at Bonnie Castle resort in Alexandria Bay, officials will unveil the colors and logo of the Thousand Island Privateers. The franchise will compete with teams in Ottawa, Rome, and Danbury, Connecticut in the new single-A Federal Hockey League. The Privateers' home ice will be in the Bonnie Castle recreation center in Alexandria Bay. A 60-game schedule begins in November 2010. Nicole Kirnan-Hall is the Privateers' owner. She was assistant captain of the St. Lawrence Saints team that went to the first-ever women's Frozen Four in 2001. She has since coached college hockey and owns two hockey-related businesses in Westchester County. Kirnan-Hall told David Sommerstein the Privateers' name comes from the Thousand Islands' smuggling and War of 1812 history.
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