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Colorado Gold Kings Professional Hockey Team Going Dark

August 2, 2002 - West Coast Hockey League (WCHL) - Colorado Gold Kings News Release

Colorado Springs - The Colorado Gold Kings professional hockey team announced that it would be suspending operations today. As a result, the team will not be participating in the upcoming 2002-2003 West Coast Hockey League season. The Gold Kings completed last season with a 39-26 record and saw an average attendance of 3,787 fans at the World Arena. According to Jeff Smith, Gold Kings owner, this decision was made after considerable discussions within the league and much soul searching among the team ownership group. "We have been extremely proud of the quality of product that has been put on the ice over these past 4 seasons" stated Mr. Smith. "The talent and integrity of individuals that make up the Gold King organization represent a real asset to the Colorado Springs sports community. However, given the current economic environment and the opportunity to pursue possible acquisition of the Sky Sox, we felt that a focus on our core businesses and profitable ventures needs to be a priority. We are very grateful to those sponsors and loyal fans who have supported the team over the past 4 years."

The future of the franchise, which will now be "going dark" for the upcoming season, is still under discussion by team ownership and the League. In the meantime, the team is in the process of contacting sponsors and season ticket subscribers for the upcoming season to arrange for refunds. Any sponsor or ticket holder issues should be directed to Karen Reece at (719) 268-7172

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