ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Fans have swarmed the BMO Harris Bank Center this hockey season; on Friday night, the Icehogs hit an all-time season attendance record. The man who played a key role in bringing so many people into down is preparing to leave it, but not without one last weekend at the rink.
For Gordon Kaye, leaving the BMO Harris Bank Center will be bittersweet. He's put plenty of overtime here while working as the General Manager of the Rockford Area Entertainment and Venues board. During his nearly four years with RAVE, Kaye helped transform the struggling MetroCentre into the BMO, complete with a 2 million dollar interior renovation. He played a big role in bringing acts to Davis Park, the Coronado Theater and several sold out shows at the BMO. The latest feather in his cap, Kaye watched as the Icehogs set a franchise record for most fans in a single hockey season, 174,419 people.
"I’m part of a team; I’m just one person in a 35 person organization. The people we have are going to carry the tradition on well," says Kaye.
He says while he will miss Rockford, this move is what's best for his family.
"My kids are at an age where I want them to grow up around their family,” says Kaye.
Kaye says his plan is to move west with his family in June and commute back and forth as a new general manager transitions into RAVE. Kaye has not said what his next career move will be. The RAVE board is currently searching for his replacement.