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Old 02-27-2010, 10:53 PM
Location: MO Ozarkian in NE Hoosierana
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One team, at least only one so far, officially, has announced it is folding after this season... Reaction of fans, players mixed about change from IHL to USHL | - MLive.com And to see the attendance numbers - all can say is OUCH!

Muskegon, which is in first place in the seven-team IHL with a 32-10-0-3 record, ranks third in the league in attendance, averaging 2,835 fans through its first 25 home games.

Fort Wayne leads the league in attendance with an average of 8,080 fans, more than twice as many per game as second place Quad City (3,971). The league’s other four teams are all behind Muskegon in attendance — Bloomington (2,529), Flint (1,837), Port Huron (1,632) and Dayton (1,305).

The news of the end of professional hockey in Muskegon comes when the Lumberjacks have won nine consecutive games at home, with their last home loss coming back on Dec. 26 against Fort Wayne.
Being in the Ft Wayne area, have been to many of the Komet's games - including before they were in the IHL. Quite the proud rich tradition here [as well as in other cities too]: Fort Wayne Komets Legends

Another article of interest here: Brendan Savage column: The real owners of the Flint Generals need to live up to promises they made last summer | - MLive.com

Anyhow, if you live in/near one of these teams, or attend the games, what is your opinion and take on the current status, future, and what might be done to help ensure a successful path?

ihl-hockey.com: Home

PS: Still though miss the Missouri River Otters
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Old 02-28-2010, 07:36 PM
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Those attendance numbers are terrible. I can't see how the league can financially survive. Maybe Ft Wayne can join the CHL.
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Old 03-01-2010, 06:34 AM
Location: Sweden
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I really hope they will survive.
The league has several classic temas and it is sad to see the Lumberjacks go.
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:13 AM
Location: Houston, TX
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I wonder if those numbers are ticket sales or actual people in seats. Tough for minor leagues to survive in the current climate. USHL is a growing product though as many schools basically require kids to play in it for 1-2 years. It may be a talent upgrade in the long term.
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