Univ of Alabama in Huntsville Hockey Supporters Say They Can Fully Fund Canceled Program, Rep. Phil Williams Says

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Money will no longer be an issue to save the hockey program at the University of Alabama in Huntsville because of additional last-minute donors, a state legislator says he has been told.

In fact, Rep. Phil Williams, R-Monrovia, said today he has separate meetings scheduled with Gov. Robert Bentley and new UAH President Dr. Robert Altenkirch to discuss salvaging the program.

UAH announced last month that its NCAA Division I hockey program would be scrapped after this season and that the school would instead field a club team. Dr. Malcolm Portera, chancellor of the University of Alabama System who was serving as interim president at UAH when the decision was announced, said the $1.5 million annual expense was too rich for the school to support.

Williams today, however, said a group of private donors had come to the Save UAH Hockey support group with the promise of providing enough money to fully subsidize the program for three years.

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