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02-09-2010, 11:29 AM
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More troubling news

Reached at the [IHL BOG Winter] meetings, [IHL Fort Wayne] Komets president Michael Franke said the loss of Muskegon continues a recent trend of minor league hockey losing traditional Midwest markets because of the poor economy. Franke pointed out that Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Dayton, Louisville, Lexington, Ky., Youngstown, Ohio, and now Muskegon have all lost professional teams over the last six years, and there are rumors that Johnstown, Pa., and Wheeling, W.Va., may also fold from the ECHL after this season.

Silver lining?
The IHL has seven teams. The Komets average 8,080 fans per game, Quad City 3,971 and Muskegon 2,835. Bloomington draws 2,529 fans per game, Flint 1,837, Port Huron 1,632 and Dayton 1,305. The dormant Chicago franchise is negotiating to return, and an expansion franchise in Evansville is also a possibility.

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