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It’s time to adjust your GPS if your New Year’s Day plans involved attending a hockey game at venerable Hara Arena in Trotwood.

That’s because the Dayton Demolition have vacated the 50-year-old facility, although they did leave a forwarding address.

The Federal Hockey League entry now plays at South Metro Sports in Centerville, broadcaster Lee Mowen confirmed Tuesday in lieu of an actual press release that might have informed the public. The first game there is Friday night at 7:30 against league-leading Danville. The venue recently hosted a “skate with Santa” event.

“That is correct,” Mowen said in an email. “The Dayton Demolition are no longer playing games at Hara Arena.”

Reasons remained sketchy. Phone messages left for the team and Hara management were not immediately returned.

Suspicion arose when last Saturday’s game against Danbury was scrubbed “due to unforeseen scheduling issues,” the team said. Fans holding tickets can use them for the rescheduled contest when a new date is set.

More information (but not much) is available on the Demolition’s Facebook page.

Although South Metro Sports makes no mention of the impending partnership with Dayton’s latest hockey team on its website, the move appears permanent, or at least as permanent as anything in the world of non-baseball, minor-league sports can be around here.

Judging from Twitter, area hockey fans seemed less than thrilled with the relocation, citing longer drives and uncertain seating.

It was a sentiment best expressed by Jordan Samson, whose profile identifies him as one who “still believes in the USA” and will “stand up against free loaders and those that want to censor free speech.” He wrote, “What a joke. Where the hell are fans supposed to even sit? RIP Hara, it’s surprising it took this long.”

Hockey and Dayton have weathered a long and stormy marriage.

The Demolition are slogging through their inaugural season, currently a distant fourth in a six-team league. They replaced the Dayton Demonz, who replaced the second coming of the Dayton Gems, who filled the void when the Dayton Bombers (who followed the original Gems) folded after numerous ownership groups failed to keep them afloat.

Browns ready to tap into Wolf family again

Hall of Fame executive Ron Wolf is 76, but his mind still works and of course he’ll take millions from the Browns to do a little consulting.

Wolf and the Browns reportedly met and talked about joining forces. The Browns also may have interest in Wolf’s son Eliot, currently the Packers’ director of player personnel, especially if they relieve GM Ray Farmer of his duties as expected.

Ron Wolf built the Packers into a power, trading for quarterback Brett Favre, hiring coach Mike Holmgren. He knows what he’s doing, which would be a refreshing change for Browns fans.

The Browns are 3-12 going into Sunday’s season finale against the Steelers and looking for reasons not to fire people.

In 2004, Wolf served as a consultant for the Browns but then-coach Butch Davis didn’t want him around and the whole arrangement went up in smoke. Wolf later encouraged the Browns to hire Holmgren as team president but that, too, ended horribly.

Maybe the third time’s the charm.

But officer, nobody told me it was suspended

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott said he didn’t know he was driving on a suspended license at the time of his recent automobile accident.

Sounds a little hard to believe, but at least his coach, Urban Meyer, resisted the urge to suspend him for his last game as a Buckeye on Friday in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame.

Bill Livingston of cleveland.com said it was the right call, and I couldn’t agree more. After all, it’s not like he drove drunk (J.T. Barrett) or went to visit a prostitute armed with a handgun (Adolphus Washington).


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