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03-17-2014, 12:33 PM
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Not getting into the merits on the discussion because frankly I think its just silly and pointless, and yes I think Tommy Hawk is out to lunch on this. But, he's entitled to his opinion.

That said, the American Hockey League refers to the Hartford Wolf Pack as the league's longest continually operated franchise. That's a franchise that has been moved, changed affiliations, legal entities on several occasions, but the league nowhere claims it folded.

Providence Reds (1936-1977)
Binghamton Dusters (1977-1980)
Binghamton Whalers (1980-1990)
Binghamton Rangers (1990-1997)
Hartford Wolf Pack (1997-2010)
Hartford Wolf Pack/Connecticut Whale (2010-2011)
Connecticut Whale (2011-2013)
Hartford Wolf Pack (2013-Present)

Even the current Portland Pirates franchise has been continually operated since 1981 despite undergoing several changes in ownership, legal entities and relocation.

Erie Blades (1981-1982)
Baltimore Skipjacks (1982-1993)
Portland Pirates (1993-2014)
- Tom Ebright owned the team til his passing in 1997
- David Fisher/Chet Horner took over ownership til it was sold to 2000
- Portland Pirates LLC purchase the team in 2000 (Ownership included Lyman Bullard and Brian Petrovek)
- Ron Cain buy majority stake in team in 2014 and the team is now owned by Global Legacy.

Nowhere has the team cease to operate or fold.

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