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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Iowa Chops franchise "officially" moves to Cedar Park

(Update - official AHL press release on the bottom)

Time to get some of the dust off the old keyboard.
I know we have been silent for awhile, but I will definitely be updating the blog a little more often now as we get into the meat of the post season.

Right now, there are a ton of things going on with me in the corporate world in Houston ... and I know John and Heather are busy following the best damn teams in major league baseball. Click here and/or here for immediate access to clinical depression.

Remember, the Stars got a special deal from the AHL to go ahead and operate as a Dallas Stars affiliate in 2009-10. That will not be the case going forward as the Texas Stars will have an actual AHL franchise.

There are other details in this story, but here is the meat of it:

The proposal calls for the Chops franchise to be sold to Hicks Cedar Park LC, owner of the AHL Texas Stars, for $3.75 million. The partnership is led by Tom Hicks, owner of the NHL Stars.

The rest of the story talks about the long term viability of AHL hockey in Des Moines.

Pretty good read ...

Have a great week.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2010


AHL BOARD OF GOVERNORS APPROVES SALE OF FRANCHISE TO HICKS CEDAR PARK, LLC



SPRINGFIELD, Mass.
… Convening in Chicago today for its Spring Meeting, the American Hockey League Board of Governors has unanimously approved the sale of the Iowa Chops inactive franchise to Hicks Cedar Park, LLC, owners of the Texas Stars.

The sale brings the Texas Stars to full membership in the AHL and satisfies the conditions of the limited membership granted to Hicks Cedar Park for the 2009-10 season.

The Texas Stars have enjoyed an outstanding inaugural season in the AHL, finishing second in the West Division with a record of 46-27-3-4 (99 points) and advancing the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, where they are currently facing the Chicago Wolves. The Stars also ranked 10th in the 29-team AHL in regular-season attendance, averaging 5,335 fans per game at the Cedar Park Center in suburban Austin.

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 85 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and this season marks the ninth consecutive year in which more than 6 million fans have attended AHL games across North America.

2 comments:

Forecheck said...

"would clear the way for another AHL franchise to consider coming to Des Moines."

OK, who will be to first to re-kindle the rumor that the Wild will relocate the Aeros to Des Moines?

Ooops......

Forecheck said...

From an interview in Austin this week (linked @ T3I):

Thursday, May 6, 2010
An Interview with AHL Commissioner David Andrews

AHL Commissioner David Andrews was in town for Game 3 of the Stars playoff series with Chicago on Tuesday. I managed to snag an interview with him after the game. Tuesday was also the day that Texas announced the completion of the criteria to become a full member in the AHL. Special thanks to Josh Fisher for facilitating the interview.
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HDH: On the future of hockey in Iowa, the Wells Fargo Arena had wanted a hockey tenant. Do you see a future there for the AHL?

DA: "Well, I do. I think it's a great building and I think it's a good market. They were making good progress there with the Chops franchise. They just got themselves in a deep hole early on in the beginnings of the franchise that they were unable to climb out of. Clearly, Global Spectrum, who managed the building there, really would like to have an AHL team. The Polk County Commissioners have asked us to work with them to try to acquire one. It's going to be a question of whether at some point one of our teams in another market begins to struggle and is looking for a new home. I think that if that unfolds Des Moines has a great facility and is well-situated geographically for us. It would have to be pretty close to the top of the list of potential new locations for us."