Bloomington Thunder league change pending final approval

By WEEK Producer

April 1, 2014 Updated Apr 2, 2014 at 12:37 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Less than a year after changing leagues, a central Illinois professional hockey team appears to be doing it again.

On Tuesday, the United States Hockey League approved a proposal to adopt the Bloomington Thunder.

The Thunder and Rivermen both moved to the Southern Professional Hockey League last May, creating a rivalry between the teams for the first time.

The Thunder would still play their games at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

The deal is pending final approval from the USHL.