Delaware Thunder Logo

Delaware Thunder Logo

Professional Ice Hockey comes to Delaware with the formation of the Federal Hockey League's Delaware Thunder.

The Thunder will play at Harrington's Centre Ice Rink at the State Fairgrounds, in a league that begins play in October.

According to the League's website: " he Federal Hockey League (FHL) is committed to providing quality family entertainment at affordable prices in some of the most exciting new and established hockey markets in North America.  We are also dedicated to the growth of professional hockey at the Class A level and creating a developmental ground not only for elite hockey players, but coaches and front office staff as well.  We will strive to build dedicated, customer orientated staff; and provide fans, advertisers, sponsors, and partners with great value while operating at acceptable profit targets. "

The league claims it has placed over 500 players in higher-level minor leagues including the American Hockey League and the ECHL.

According to, FHL teams have a salary cap of $4,400 a week.

Other teams in the league are from Georgia, Connecticut, North Carolina, Illinois, New York, Ohio, and Michigan.

A team representing Delaware played in the 2010-11 year of the league, but they didn't have a home rink and never played a game in Delaware.

The Thunder's website lists a partial roster with no Delawareans, although there are players from Plainsboro, Cranford, and Sewell, New Jersey.