The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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February 15, 2010

Chiefs’ pending move has region’s fans wondering: What’s next?

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JOHNSTOWN —

The Greenville arena authority agreed to a memorandum of understanding with the Chiefs on Monday.

The ECHL Board of Governors is expected to hold a teleconference call this week to vote on approval of the transfer from Johnstown to Greenville.

ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna said league rules prohibit him from commenting on the Chiefs’ situation.

“Unfortunately, I cannot say anything at this point. Our midseason meeting is still open,” McKenna said. “We’re dealing with several issues. Until we reconvene I cannot say anything. After that I would be happy to speak.”

McKenna did acknowledge that Johnstown has a special place in league history. Without the Chiefs’ early success on the ice and at the box office, the East Coast Hockey League might not have enjoyed its rapid expansion into previously untapped markets in the mid-1990s.

“From the league’s perspective, there has always been a soft spot for Johnstown, the tradition, the fact that it’s the only charter member still playing in the same arena in the same market,” McKenna said. “A lot of players, front office folks, coaches and broadcasters have moved up and on from Johnstown. It’s played a very significant role in the history of the ECHL.”

Unfortunately, that history is about to become just that – history.

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