Central Illinois Flying Aces

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Central Illinois Flying Aces
Central Illinois Flying Aces logo.svg
City Bloomington, Illinois
League United States Hockey League
Founded 2014
Home arena Grossinger Motors Arena
Colors Red, navy, light blue, white
Owner(s) CSH International Inc.
General manager Canada Mike Watt
Head coach Canada Mike Watt
Media WJBC-FM (93.7 FM)
Franchise history
2014–2017 Bloomington Thunder
2017–present Central Illinois Flying Aces

The Central Illinois Flying Aces are a Tier I junior hockey team that plays as a member of the United States Hockey League. Based in Bloomington, Illinois, the Flying Aces play their home games at the Grossinger Motors Arena, located in downtown Bloomington.


From 2006 to 2014, Bloomington was home to various minor league professional hockey teams in the International Hockey League (IHL), Central Hockey League (CHL) and then the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). The SPHL's Bloomington Thunder folded in April 2014 when new owners obtained the expansion rights to a Tier I junior team in the United States Hockey League.[1] The new Bloomington USHL team obtained the rights to the name from the previous teams and became the Bloomington Thunder.[2] Initially they kept the SPHL team's logo but rolled out a new logo and color scheme at the USHL Draft.

In 2017, the team rebranded and became the Central Illinois Flying Aces.[3]

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