In front of a North American Hockey League (NAHL) single-game record crowd of 7,777 at the Kansas Expocentre on Thursday night (March 25), NAHL commissioner Mark Frankenfeld announced that the Topeka RoadRunners have been selected to host the 2011 Robertson Cup National Championship Tournament.
“We couldn’t be happier to bring our league championship to the Topeka community in 2011,” said Frankenfeld. “The RoadRunners organization has helped bring the NAHL to new heights, both on and off the ice, and we have no doubt they’ll host a first-class tournament.”
“To be able to host such a prestigious event like the Robertson Cup is exciting not only for our organization, but for the City of Topeka and Shawnee County,” said RoadRunners owner Don Stone. “We have the most passionate fans in the NAHL and community support that’s second to none and we can’t wait to showcase our hospitality to the entire league.”
The Kansas Expocentre, which boasts a seating capacity of 7,777, has approved a $1 million renovation project planned for this summer, which will include a new video and ribbon board.
“The Kansas Expocentre has always been proud of its hockey history and hockey family,” said Expocentre general manager H.R. Cook. “Having the Robertson Cup in Topeka will provide yet another opportunity for the citizens of Shawnee County to show their pride in our community by welcoming the players, coaches and officials with open, friendly arms.”