(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.