pooter Posted April 7, 2006 Share Posted April 7, 2006 Three different articles.No hockey in CincinnatiHockey could be gone for long timeNo 2006-07 season for RailRaidersBY RYAN ERNST | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITERThe Cincinnati RailRaiders, a minor-league hockey franchise without a coach or players, won't have a 2006-07 season either.The American Hockey League franchise announced Wednesday it did not reach its goal of 2,000 deposits on season tickets and will not be able to secure a National Hockey League affiliation for the upcoming season.The franchise had been trying to replace its previous AHL team, the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, who were moved to Portland, Maine, after the 2004-05 season by their NHL parent club, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. The RailRaiders ownership group is headed by the Robinson family, which also owns Cincinnati Gardens. Pete Robinson, the team's president and CEO, said the future of hockey in the city is up in the air. The ownership group has been contacted by other leagues, and Robinson said selling the AHL franchise is a possibility."Everything was geared toward the relaunch for this season," Robinson said. "The campaign was nine months long. We worked really hard, but we weren't able to reach our goal."... It's about stability. Every team in the NHL has to develop players in a place where local ownership can make a go of it. We're not able to do that."The most recent hockey tenants at the Gardens were the Cincinnati Cyclones and the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks. Because the Robinsons still owned rights to an AHL franchise, the ownership came up with a new team name and logo after the Ducks departed, and began selling tickets for 2006-07, hoping to attract a club.More than 80 percent of the ticket-sales goal was reached, the team announced. Team officials said the 2,000 season-ticket number was the benchmark for making an AHL team financially viable in Cincinnati.AHL franchises, which compete at the highest level of hockey under the NHL, have until May 15 to declare themselves active or inactive."Obviously, we're disappointed that the goal was not met," said Don Helbig, the team's communications director.Helbig said the biggest loss for local hockey fans would be not seeing professionals passing through town on their way to the NHL."That type of player will never come back to Cincinnati again," he said.Josh Pichler contributed. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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