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04-20-2010, 06:05 PM
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The Choppers were the relocated Ft. Wayne Komets, with the same owner (Bill Welker). They were not an expansion franchise, despite what Wikipedia (or any other source) says. The Choppers were in the old IHL, had several former Springfield Indians/New York Islanders players, and the CD Isles accepted (honored) unused Choppers tickets for their remaining games after the Choppers folded on Feb 14th, 1991 (midyear). The Choppers did have a decent loyal following, but did not have much (if anything) of group sales or casual walk-ups. Plus even 3,000 spread out in a 15,000 seat arena looks very, very empty.

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