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Chicago Hound of the UHL fold

So what's the UHL down to now? 5 teams?

Should've gone to the ECHL when they had the chance.

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LAKE ST. LOUIS, MO--- The United Hockey League (UHL) announced on Wednesday that a member club, the Chicago Hounds, is ceasing operations immediately. The current ownership chose not to move forward with the operation of the member club due to the lack of a reasonable lease with its home venue, the Sears Centre.

?It is a shame that the Hounds have to close down. I really believe that with reasonable rent and good home dates, the Hounds could have been a very successful franchise,? stated Craig Drecktrah, Chicago Hounds Owner. ?I would like to thank the fans that did come and support us as well as the Hounds? staff for all of their hard work and dedication this past year.?

Reasonable rent would be what, free? The team was drawing 1,900 a night. Allegedly. Putting a third hockey team in Chicago was ill-advised, to say the least. The Hounds were presenting hockey at a lower level, slightly more affordable than the Wolves, at a facility bordering on the boonies. Not a recipe for success. I will give him the schedule bit, though. Seemed like for at least half of the Hounds' home games, the Wolves were also at home that night. Yeah, good luck drawing on those evenings.

Your current UHL lineup:

Bloomington

Flint

Fort Wayne

Kalamazoo

Muskegon

The league can't operate with five teams. And I don't see teams jumping from other leagues to join this mess. Fort Wayne better find its way into the ECHL or CHL pronto, or that refurbished arena is gonna lose its marquee tenant, and Fort Wayne is gonna lose its hockey team after 50+ years. And even if they resurface a season later, I don't know if the fans would be forgiving after being deprived of their Komets for a season because the Frankes wanted to stay in a low-rent league where they could flex a fair bit of muscle.

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Whoa... when did they get to five teams? That's insane.

Start of 2006-7 season: 10 teams.

Elmira moves to ECHL

Rockford moves to AHL

Quad City moves to AHL

Port Huron folds

Chicago folds

Welcome to life in the U-Haul, Mockba.

And budbowl, as much as I'd like to see a return of the Danbury Trashers (just a brilliant logo,) it's not likely to happen given the owner's issues with... er... things. You know, things related to his career in "waste management." Ahem.

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The CHL is adding Rapid City, SD for the 2008-9 season. Hmmm... could be a nice litte Midwestern division in the makings there. Still, though, that short season means only 32 home dates. But at this point, what other options are there?

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Whoa... when did they get to five teams? That's insane.

Start of 2006-7 season: 10 teams.

Elmira moves to ECHL

Rockford moves to AHL

Quad City moves to AHL

Port Huron folds

Chicago folds

Welcome to life in the U-Haul, Mockba.

And budbowl, as much as I'd like to see a return of the Danbury Trashers (just a brilliant logo,) it's not likely to happen given the owner's issues with... er... things. You know, things related to his career in "waste management." Ahem.

Port Huron officially suspended ops and since then the league has been helping the City find a potential buyer. And before a gag order was put in place by the league, a journalist in Fort Wayne mentioned a dispersal draft involving only the Elmira, Rockford, Quad City, and Chicago players and that Port Huron could be up and running with a new owner by the end of the week. There was no mention of an expansion draft.

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I'm loving their website: Elite Professional Hockey.

Elite in the way that teams leave.

Might as well have the rest of the UHL fold into the ECHL and have old IHL teams running against other former IHL cities.

Although the CHL does make far more sense.

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Trust me, their is nothing elite about the U. I could see why many others saw this as a "goon" league. The owner of the old Riverdogs pretty much put money on the table for guys to fight & don't get me started on Danbury.

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Whoa... when did they get to five teams? That's insane.

Start of 2006-7 season: 10 teams.

Elmira moves to ECHL

Rockford moves to AHL

Quad City moves to AHL

Port Huron folds

Chicago folds

Welcome to life in the U-Haul, Mockba.

And budbowl, as much as I'd like to see a return of the Danbury Trashers (just a brilliant logo,) it's not likely to happen given the owner's issues with... er... things. You know, things related to his career in "waste management." Ahem.

I know man..It's just me and my buddies would drive out to Danbury like weekly to catch a game.

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The CHL is adding Rapid City, SD for the 2008-9 season. Hmmm... could be a nice litte Midwestern division in the makings there. Still, though, that short season means only 32 home dates. But at this point, what other options are there?

I still have trouble seeing how that would work. It's not close to any U-Haul team, and methinks Wichita is the closest CHL team.

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