The Watertown Privateers hockey team won't play in Watertown next season under its current owners, but there could still be pro hockey to watch.

A group hoping to start its own pro hockey team in Watertown -- and possibly buy the Privateers -- has secured ice time at the Fairgrounds Arena.

At a work session Tuesday night, the city council heard an update from Parks and Recreation Commissioner Erin Gardner.

The new group, Top Shelf Hockey LLC, is ready to start the season in October.

Owners of the Privateers have passed on playing hockey next season in Watertown, so the new team could be using that name.

"It's not known whether or not they will be buying the actual Privateers or starting their own team," Gardner said. I think it's leaning more toward starting their own team."

"We're looking for community support in all aspects of the team," Top Shelf spokesman Stanley Tibbles said. "Our mission here is to keep the pro hockey here. We think it's a valuable resource for the city of Watertown."

The team -- no matter what it's name -- would be part of the Federal Hockey League.