After more than 23 years without a hockey team, Northern Nevada is getting one. And it's due to having the state-of-art ice rink in south Reno.

The NorCal Ice Raiders, a semipro, Senior A team, is moving to Northern Nevada to become the Reno Ice Raiders and will play at the Reno Ice Arena - The Jennifer M. O'Neal Community Ice Arena, starting this fall.

Jess Peterson, general manager of the team, said The Reno Ice Raiders roster includes many former college and minor league players, and will have at least five local players, including Reed graduate Mickey Lang, 34, who played college and minor league hockey. He is thrilled to have a local hockey team.
"We finally got the rink so we can get a little action going," Lang said. "It's awesome. It will help grow hockey, especially if some youth can come check it out."

The NorCal Ice Raiders have played in Vacaville the past five seasons and the bulk of the roster will be from that team.

Peterson said another exhibition/charity game is planned for later this summer, against a team of police officers and firefighters. There is no date set yet for that game.
"It will be awesome to have a competitive team in Reno. And the people of Reno that follow the other Reno sports, now we can add a hockey team for people to follow," Lang said.

Peterson said this year's schedule is not complete, but he expects regular-season games to start in late October or early November.

He said tickets for spectators will be $15. The team will play approximately 20-25 games a season (combined home and away game schedule).
The Ice Raiders play in the Mountain West Hockey League (MWHL), a Senior A minor league consisting of clubs from across the Western United States.

The MWHL was founded in 2012 and is designed to serve as a stepping stone for players to go to European leagues and upper-level professional minor leagues.

It also serves as a place for former professional, collegiate and junior hockey players who want to keep playing hockey.

The Reno Ice Raiders will play at -
15500 WEDGE PKWY, RENO, NV 89511​