This article is about the former minor league team which played from 1996 to 2008. For the Junior team founded in 2021 playing in the North American 3 Hockey League please see Austin Ice Bats (NA3HL).
|Austin Ice Bats|
|Home Arena:||Chaparral Ice|
|Colors:||blue, white, yellow|
|Head Coach:||Brent Hughes|
|Affiliates:||Minnesota Wild (NHL)|
Houston Aeros (AHL)
Texas Wildcatters (ECHL)
|1996 to 2001:||Austin Ice Bats (WPHL)|
|2001 to 2008:||Austin Ice Bats (CHL)|
The Austin Ice Bats were a professional minor-league ice hockey team based in Austin, Texas, United States. They played in Austin from 1996 to 2008. Affiliated with the Central Hockey League, the team was named in honor of the Mexican Free-tailed Bats which nest under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge in the city. Their affiliates were the NHL's Minnesota Wild, the AHL's Houston Aeros, and the ECHL's Texas Wildcatters. The team's last head coach was former NHL player Brent Hughes.
The team was established in 1996 and played home games in Luedecke Arena at the Travis County Exposition Center, a multi-purpose building which was furnished with skating ice and dubbed the "Bat Cave" for the games. The team was original affiliated with the Western Professional Hockey League. The Ice Bats joined several other WPHL teams in a merger with the CHL in 2001.
On February 15, 2006, the Ice Bats announced they would vacate the Travis County Exposition Center and relocate to Chaparral Ice, near Austin's northeast border with neighboring Pflugerville. The Ice Bats cited scheduling conflicts at the Expo Center as the main reason for the move. Chaparral Ice proved to be an unsuccessful venue.
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