2003 - 2004
July 19, 2004
Greensboro hockey team terminated by league
Triad Business News
There will be no 2004-05 season for the Greensboro Generals minor-league hockey team.
The East Coast Hockey League said late Tuesday that its board of governors had voted to "terminate the membership" of the team, effective immediately.
"The termination of the membership comes as a result of the Generals being unable to put a suitable ownership group in place to operate the membership in 2004-05," the statement said.
In a statement, Matt Brown, managing director of the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, which had controlled the Generals last season, said he had "entered into serious negotiations with three potential ownership groups" over the past several weeks.
The potential ownership groups were made up of local owners, an NHL franchise and out-of-town businessmen, Brown said.
"Unfortunately, however, our exhaustive efforts to secure an ownership group were ultimately unsuccessful."
He said the coliseum would continue to work with the potential local ownership group in an attempt to bring hockey back to Greensboro.
The ECHL left that possibility open, saying in its release that "we look forward to returning (to Greensboro) in the future with a strong ownership group to provide the fans of Greensboro with ECHL hockey."