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05-15-2013, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by SenorChifles View Post
It was sad that Johnstown left the ECHL, but they had an outside owner and he put very little $$$ into the team. Their last season was a joke.
But now they have a team in the NAHL, the Tomahawks. Very good first season, made the playoffs. Averaged over 2,500 look to see that increase next season. Season tickets should pass the 1,000 mark.
Difference - group of owners (local - Pittsburgh area), brought back a few of the ex-Chiefs to run the team as GM, coach and asst. coach. Made an impact in the community - their presence was known.
I would not want them to return to a higher class league as would most people in Johnstown. For many of the small cities juniors is the way to go.
Would not be surprised to see Wheeling & Elmira drop down in a few years.
I look at it as Juniors have improved and the ECHL to a degree has declined. It's not the league it started out as. Maybe they intended it to be a developmental league but it did not always play out as it does now. Now the majority of the players in the league are of organizational contract, etc. Playing for the team is secondary it's more so your career. People from a big place wouldn't get this but in a smaller city, the type in which this league was started in player continuity is important, you just don't have that anymore

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