It’s been 16 years (or it will have been) since a hockey team played at the Cow Palace. I don’t mention that simply to make those of you who saw it feel old. As Carol Klatt, Mayor of Daly City said: “16 years is a long time to go without hockey.” Mayor Klatt confessed to being a Blues fan, since she is originally from Missouri. She’s also been back to watch the Blues play. Old loyalties aside, she promised: “I plan to be behind the glass when that first puck hits the ice” in a San Francisco Bulls game.
Since it last hosted hockey, the Cow Palace was slated for destruction and slipped the noose. Someone thought of moving the facility to Brisbane and then thought better of that. The Grand National Rodeo moved to the Spring and back again to October, its sturdy old home continued to host the Dickens Faire, dog shows, the circus, the California Bar Exam and sundry other events as it always had. Except for a single season played by the SJ Wolves indoor football in 2010, the Cow Palace hasn’t had a regular sports team for a tenant in a very long time. They are very happy to have one moving in next season. Continue reading