The Federal Hockey League has approved a team for Danbury. Hockey will be back at the Danbury Ice Arena next season with a yet-to-be named team co-owned by Bruce Bennett. The Danbury resident, who owner Bruce Bennett Nissan in Wilton, has signed a six year lease with Eagle Ice Sports.
There will be six teams in the Federal Hockey League including the recently announced Stateline Whalers in Brewster. The future of hockey in Danbury was uncertain after the owner of the Danbury Ice Arena and the now inactive Danbury Whalers failed to reach agreement on the second half of a lease.
The new Danbury team will be coached by Phil Esposito, who resigned as head coach of the Danbury Whalers during that dispute. The other owners of the Danbury team are a Brookfield insurance agency owner, Edward Crowe, and the owner of the former Berkshire Battalion, William Dadds.