The Charlotte Checkers' move to the AHL as the Carolina Hurricanes' affiliate is all but signed... rumors are that the Checkers' ECHL membership would move to Albany (which would be vacated by the AHL) or Binghamton (as the Senators are eager to move their AHL franchise to Cornwall, Ontario).
The thing to keep in mind, though, is that if AEG wants an ECHL team, they can get one without another team moving. I have no doubt that the ECHL would gladly go back to San Diego, as the ECHL West footprint has shrunk a bit.
Ontario is owned by the Kings and I believe they still have an interest on Reading---the AHL is highly unlikely to form a West Division due to existing contracts w/ Manchester also under the umbrella of AEG & Worcester is in a long-term deal w/ SVSE/San Jose after the Peoria debacle....
February 14, 2010 - ECHL (ECHL) Johnstown Chiefs
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - The Johnstown Chiefs, with mixed emotions, announced today that they are seeking permission from the ECHL to relocate to Greenville, South Carolina for the 2010-11 hockey season. The Chiefs have also commenced negotiations with the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville to play in that facility.
The decision to explore relocation opportunities was reached solely because of economic concerns. Entering last Sunday's home game against Cincinnati, average attendance for the 2009-10 season was below 2,000 fans per game. With the difficulties the organization endured over the 2008-09 season, financial losses reached six-figure levels by the time the fiscal year ended on June 30, 2009. Those losses were sustained with attendance averaging slightly over 2,200.
The Chiefs' ownership has been, and will continue to be, willing to assist any potential ownership group that would keep professional hockey in Johnstown at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.
The Chiefs have been privileged to call Johnstown their home since 1988. The support from season ticket holders and the Chiefs Fan Club has been wholeheartedly appreciated. Because of it Johnstown will always have a special place in the history and tradition of minor league hockey in North America.
The Chiefs look forward to completing their current season at the UPMC Health Plan Ice Rink at the Cambria County War Memorial, and are thankful for the support from their fan base.
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By Woody Wommack
Posted February 16, 2010 12:07 PM
.The Johnstown Chiefs move to Greenville, S.C. has cleared another hurdle, and appears to have only one left in order to make the move officially official.
The Greenville Arena District approved a lease aggreement on Monday, giving the Chiefs an official home. Now the team just has to wait for the ECHL Board of Governors to vote on and approve the move on Wednesday.
Once the league approves of the move, the Chiefs will officially sign a five-year lease.
Still no comment on the move from the Everblades, but I would imagine that once the word becomes official I'll get able to get an opinion.