Chiefs Leaving Johnstown After 2009-10 Season

According to the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, the Johnstown Chiefs will be no more.  Following the 2009-10 season, the Chiefs are expected to move to Greenville, SC barring any sort of miracle to save the team, which has experienced significant financial losses of late.

“Our losses, to say six figures is deceiving,” owner and head coach Neil Smith told the paper.

“It was in the hundreds of thousands. I’ve been committed to keeping the team here since the day I got here. I’ve always kept my word. Financially, it became impossible. I don’t know if people know how close we came to folding last summer. We went through that tough time, but we were able to save it for one more year. It was a different situation, but we were able to rescue it for one more year.”

Johnstown makes its final appearance at the Sun National Bank Center on March 26th at 7 PM.  It will also mark the final time they play the Trenton Devils, as the last time Trenton visits the War Memorial is slated for Saturday night.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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11 Responses to “Chiefs Leaving Johnstown After 2009-10 Season”

  1. Philly Devil Says:

    That sucks, a good tradition down the drain. Moving to Greenville? For Hockey God’s sake’s move up NORTH!!! Please don’t let the Hurricanes fan breed…SC or NC.

    Maybe Neil could throw some of his old Rangers out there for a function to keep the team..you know, Kevin Lowe, Tikkannen, Glenn Anderson, Mess, Beaukeboom, (and they cried about Ulffy in NY land)..did Kurri come later?…opps, that would be Edmonton Oilers night!

    It’s shame for the Chiefs. At least Sgroi is not on the team.

  2. Trentondevilsfan Says:

    Multi six figure numbers is nothing to sneeze at. It is a shame and I bet the league really dislikes this.

    Greeneville? Really? Didn’t they have the same non-support issues?

  3. chiarams Says:

    It’s all thanks to McKenna thinking that a national footprint makes sense at this level.

    Greenville with a decent lease can be successful. The Bi-Lo Center priced them out the last time around and clearly they’ve learned that filling 36 dates isn’t an easy proposition.

  4. titans04 Says:

    04-05 they avg 3622

    05-06 – 3443

  5. chiarams Says:

    They lost a lot of fans after the 03-04 season – that team was among the worst teams the ECHL has ever seen.

    There’s no reason that team can’t consistently draw 4,500-5,000, which would suit the league just fine.

  6. Lousballsack Says:

    4500-5000 combined on a 3 in 3 home weekend right? Only way those numbers compute around here.

  7. Shtikl Says:

    http://www.johnstownchiefs.com/news/index.html?article_id=630

    $20 gets you in both Friday & Saturday, anybody up for a road trip? (Lowell’s home both nights, you’re welcome to visit the L-Devils too!)

  8. tdevils Says:

    Really no point in them not just giving tickets away at this point…

  9. Shtikl Says:

    Hmm. Don’t know if Johnstown has the same deal as the L-Devils: the Devils get the concessions profits. So if anybody should do lots of free ticket deals from now until the end of their season, it’s the L-Devils. Of course they won’t do it…

  10. tdevils Says:

    They can’t possibly expect too many people to come out and support the team now that it’s official that they’re leaving…gotta do something. At least there’s some uncertainty with Lowell’s situation.

  11. Shtikl Says:

    The uncertainty has never worked in the Devils’ favor before, and it’s not going to work in their favor now. The franchise is like Mike, the Headless Chicken…

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