The very notion that the American Hockey League would return to Utica was farfetched. The Utica Devils weren't exactly a rousing success, despite a pretty impressive cast. But the game was in a different place back in the 1990s and that place had no room for a building with seating for less than 4,000. Ownership, for which development of players was more important than development of a local fan base, didn't help. It hurt badly. Then came Mohawk Valley Garden, a group of local investors who had the, well...let us say testosterone, to buy into the idea of a local guy who also happened to be a former NHL goaltender. The history is still in the making, but so far it has been amazing.