New Semi-Pro Hockey Team Comes to Fort Wayne, Set For Debut This Fall

The newest member of the American Premier Hockey League (APHL), the Summit City Distillers, officially made their presence known in Fort Wayne this week. 

It was announced that a new semi-pro hockey team is coming in hopes to keep pro dreams alive for area players by giving them another opportunity to compete at a high level. 

This was a match made in heaven as the ACHL is a fast growing league and Fort Wayne has long been known as a hockey town. 

The goal is to host 12 home games at Parkview Ice House, home to several area hockey leagues of all ages. 

A lot of steps still need to be taken to put the team together such as compiling a roster, coaching staff and even a schedule. 

The Distillers did announce today the hiring of their first head coach, Scott Robins, who spent several seasons in the International Hockey League (IHL). 

The organization is completely non-profit and has been in the works for quite some time. 

An “ID Skate” will be held at the Parkview Icehouse on August 3rd as well as “summer skates” later this summer allowing players to showcase their talents. 

Fans will be able to purchase tickets for future games for single, group and season. To stay up to date on Distillers news visit

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