No lockout here: Ice age starting in central PA

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- Soon enough, a right wing could be checked over the boards in front of the pitcher's mound at Bowman Field.

The minor league Federal Hockey League and the Williamsport Outlaws hope to turn the birthplace of Little League baseball into a trailblazing town for hockey, as well.

Organizers say they think the Outlaws will be the first professional hockey team in North America to play its entire home schedule outdoors.

It is part of a new Pennsylvania ice age of sorts in between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. While the Penguins and Flyers sit home waiting for the NHL lockout to end, hockey talk is buzzing in Williamsport and nearby State College, where Penn State is debuting Division I hockey and building a new ice rink.

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Online:

Federal Hockey League: http://bit.ly/SOj0hW

Penn State hockey: http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-hockey/psu-m-hockey-body.html

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