New Columbus Hockey Team Brings Back Old Name: But From a Different Sport

New Hockey Team Named The Columbus River Dragons

By Scott Miller

The new hockey team in Columbus now has a name- The River Dragons. The team owners revealed the name and the logo in a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

If the name sounds familiar to you, it should. In 2001 Columbus became the home of one of the original NBA Developmental League teams. The NBDL team was named The Riverdragons- spelled as 1 word, instead of the 2 word name of the new team. The team moved to Austin, Texas in 2005.

Here’s the logo from that NBDL team.

The River Dragons have named Scott Brand as the team’s President and General Manager and Jerome Bechard as the Vice President of Community Relations.

When most people talk about hockey in Columbus, they think Jerome Bechard. He spent 21 of his 25 years in professional hockey in Columbus as a player, coach and general manager for the Cottonmouths.

Brand joins the River Dragons after two seasons with the Carolina Thunderbirds. Brand was named FPHL Executive of the Year during the 2017/2018 season and was a part of the 2018/2019 team that brought the Commissioner’s Cup championship to Carolina.

The River Dragons will play in the Federal Prospects Hockey League (FPHL). The season will begin in October.

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