Monday, February 15, 2010

Johnstown Chiefs moving to Greenville, SC

From the Johnstown Chiefs website:

From Mike Mastovich at the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat
The Johnstown Chiefs franchise will move to Greenville, S.C., after the current ECHL season concludes, pending approval by a Greenville arena authority and then the league, owner Neil Smith confirmed before Sunday’s game at Cambria County War Memorial Arena...
The Chiefs, playing in the Cambria County War Memorial Arena, are one of only three pro hockey teams that plays in a former Eastern Hockey League. The Syracuse Crunch of the AHL play in the Syracuse Onadaga War Memorial Arena. The Knoxville Ice Bears of the SPHL, play at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum.

For those of us hoping to get to a game in Johnstown while we still can, their remaining home schedule is:
Fri 02/19/2010 07:05 PM Trenton Devils
Sat 02/20/2010 07:05 PM Trenton Devils
Fri 02/26/2010 07:05 PM Toledo Walleye
Sat 02/27/2010 07:05 PM Cincinnati Cyclones
Wed 03/03/2010 07:05 PM Kalamazoo Wings
Sun 03/07/2010 02:05 PM Elmira Jackals
Fri 03/12/2010 07:05 PM Reading Royals
Sat 03/13/2010 07:05 PM Wheeling Nailers
Fri 03/26/2010 07:05 PM Toledo Walleye
Sun 03/28/2010 02:05 PM Cincinnati Cyclones
Wed 03/31/2010 07:05 PM Toledo Walleye
Sat 04/03/2010 07:05 PM Elmira Jackals

Greenville, SC applied for EHL membership for the 1956-57 season, but the league did not act upon it. That summer, the transfer of the Baltimore Clippers to Charlotte was completed (after the Clippers' home arena in Baltimore burned down) , but also the Washington Lions were transferred to Winston-Salem - a move that fell apart and the Lions stayed in Washington. The Bi-Lo Center in Greenville was built in 1998, so it would not have been the building the team would have played in.

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