CHL Commissioner Duane Lewis announced Tuesday that the Evansville (Ind.) IceMen will participate in the league beginning in the fall of 2010.

The Central Hockey League is getting a new team and the Missouri Mavericks are getting a new opponent.

CHL Commissioner Duane Lewis announced Tuesday that the Evansville (Ind.) IceMen will participate in the league beginning in the fall of 2010.   

The IceMen will be the 18th team in the league and will play their home games for the upcoming season in the Swonder Ice Arena in Evansville.

Team owner Ron Geary has finalized the transaction to purchase and transfer the Muskegon (Mich.) Lumberjacks team to the Indiana city, joining IHL teams Bloomington, Dayton, Fort Wayne and Quad City in the CHL after the two leagues merged on June 1.

“The chance to bring a storied team like Muskegon with its 50-year pro hockey history to Evansville was an opportunity that we could not pass up,” Geary said in a statement.

“We are very excited to welcome the IceMen into the IHL/CHL collaboration,” Lewis said in a statement. “Evansville is a great sports town with passionate fans and I know they will be a great fit for our league. We are thrilled to have Mr. Geary as a new owner and governor in our league as we know he will provide great insight and strengthen our already strong base of leadership.”

Mavericks president and general manager Brent Thiessen will address his thoughts on the newest CHL entry at an 11 a.m. news conference Thursday at the Events Center.

The news conference is open to the public and the Mavericks will introduce four players they have signed.

“It’s going to be great to hold another news conference, because the last one generated so much interest,” Thiessen said. “It’s always fun to see the fans’ reaction when the players we’ve just signed are announced.”