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AG Hockey Partners 2000 No Longer Operate Gulls

June 23, 2006 - ECHL (ECHL) - San Diego Gulls News Release

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Gulls announced Friday that AG2000 Hockey Partners LLC, led by Ron and Ernie Hahn, no longer operate the team. The organization, however, is in serious negotiations with another ownership group that would keep the Gulls in operation and in the ECHL for 2006-07 and beyond.

"I have been involved with the team since 1991 and it has simply come time for me to move on to other things," Ron Hahn, the Gulls' former president and majority owner said. "We certainly want to thank the loyal, longtime season ticket holders and fans who have enjoyed Gulls hockey over the years. In addition, I want to personally thank the staff who has worked so hard to make the Gulls a longstanding, proud entity within the San Diego community."

"This has been a difficult decision, however we certainly do not intend to have hockey leave the market all together," Ernie Hahn, ipayOne Center general manager said. "The Arena is currently in negotiations with a new ownership group that will keep the Gulls in San Diego and in the ECHL for the 2006-07 season and beyond."

"The Board of Governors Annual Meeting is being held in continuance which provides an opportunity to keep the San Diego market viable for the 2006-07 season," Gulls Chief Operating Officer Tera Black said. "We are working diligently to prevent San Diego from losing one of its most successful sports entities. The Gulls date back to 1966 and we have every intention of continuing the great hockey tradition. I am fully aware that there are fans that are uncertain about our future, but rest assured that we will have resolution by the end of the week."

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