Due to the inability for Anne Arundel County to find a way to safely move into Phase 3 allowing out-of-state teams to play in the county, the Maryland Black Bears will be on the move. For their opening weekend, the Black Bears will take on the Johnstown Tomahawks at Ice World in Abingdon of Baltimore County. The games have also been moved to Sunday and Monday.
Luckily for the Black Bears, Ice World is part of the Black Bear Sports Group cavalcade of rinks. How long this move will last is unknown and dependant upon the Anne Arundel County government.
While ice rinks are ice rinks, the loss of the actual home rink has to be tough for the team. The Black Bears have played their exhibitions at Ice World, which gives them some idea of the bounces the boards and glass create. That said, it’s still not the confines of The Den.
It’s a bit of a shame that the local government can’t catch up to the rest of the state and allow outside teams to come to play. It’s a point of contention through late summer with Black Bears owner Murry Gunty with the Anne Arundel County Return to Play advisory board with the county allowing some other sports to have out-of-state teams play, but slighting others.
Games at Ice World will have limited seating with season ticket holders having first priority. Notification of open seating will be through the Black Bears social media. The games will also be broadcasted on HockeyTV.