Well, the Trashers office is still open and the teenaged team president hasn't been hauled away, so its not over yet! The feds have taken over Galante's trash hauling biz to keep it going, so why not the FBI operating a minor league hockey team? On a more seriouss note, th feds seized and impounded all the cars and equipment from Galante's racing team.
Over at ITB, someone posted that at least one player TURNED DOWN a 2-way AHL deal because he could make DOUBLE HIS AHL SALARY playing for the Trashers. (A team playing in an arena that seats 3,000).
Put a fork in the the Trashers, they're done. UHL announced that the Trashers are suspendeing operations and their players will be scattered via dispersal draft. Not a banner year for the UHL as 6 franchises have gone under this offseason (Danbury, Adirondack, Roanoke, Richmond, Missouri, Motor City)
Wow, what a turn of events. A winning team with, what sounded like, fairly decent attendance, has to have some value, right? There's no interest from any party in buying it? That's a real shame for Danbury.
g52, sorry I never made it to a game. Sounded like a good time.
Well, the Trashers averaged about 2,500 a season, which isn't all that great. Although since the Danbury Ice Arena barely seats 3,000, they would never have great attendance. Galante was willing to sink large amounts of his own money into the team to be competitive (most minor expansion teams stink, especially when they are run by the owners' teenaged son). In fact, it's estimated that his creative accounting gave the Trashers a payroll that was close to triple the UHL salary cap (which is a soft cap). I doubt new ownership would make enough money from ticket sales to offset even the legal UHL salary limit ($250,000), espcially when you consider travel costs when there is only 1 remaining team within 500 miles.
The Pack doesn't draw THAT badly (in fact, no AHL team does). Hartford averages about 5,000, which puts them close to the league average and right in the middle of pack attendance-wise. Only about 8-9 teams in the AHL are strong (6,000+) draws. Hans' Page has evrything anyone would want to know about minor-league attendance trends.