CHL/IHL team breakdown


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Central Hockey League

Total attendance: 1,824,262 (15 teams, 480 games)

Average attendance: 3,800

Notes: The Amarillo Gorillas ceased operations at the end of the season and the Corpus Christi IceRays were replaced by a North American Hockey League team of the same name. Following is a list of currently active CHL teams.

Allen Americans

Home city: Allen, Texas

Arena (seats): Allen Event Center (6,235)

Owners: Douglas H. Miller, Steve Duchesne

Coach: Dwight Mullins

2009-10 record (place/conference): 42-17-5 (2nd, Southern)

Average attendance (CHL rank): 3,810 (8th)

Affiliation: Dallas Stars (NHL), Texas Stars (AHL)

Facts: Joined the league in 2009. The arena they play out of was built by the International Coliseums Company -- a subsidiary of Global Entertainment Corporation, which owns the league.

Arizona Sundogs

Home city: Prescott Valley, Ariz.

Arena (seats): Tim's Toyota Center (4,810)

Owners: Central Hockey League

Coach/GM: Marco Pietroniro

2009-10 record (place/conference): 24-34-6 (7th, Southern)

Average attendance (CHL rank): 2,689 (13th)

Facts: Began play in the CHL in 2006. Is under the control of the CHL after previous owner, Integrated Sports Holdings Inc., did not live up to the terms of it's operating and licensing agreement, according to CHL director of operations Bob Hoffman.

Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs

Home city: Bossier City, La.

Arena (seats): CenturyTel Center (7,353)

Owners: Tommy & Leslie Scott

Coach/Director of Hockey Operations: Scott Muscutt

2009-10 record (place/conference): 38-22-4 (3rd, Northern)

Average attendance (CHL rank): 3,356 (9th)

Facts: Played in the Western Professional Hockey League from 1997-2001 before the WPHL merged with the CHL in 2001.

Colorado Eagles

Home city: Loveland, Co.

Arena (seats): Budweiser Event Center (5,289)

Owner: Ralph Backstrom

Coach: Chris Stewart

2009-10 record (place/conference): 42-15-7 (2nd, Northern)

Average attendance (CHL rank): 5,289 (1st)

Affiliation: Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)

Facts: Founded in 2003.

Laredo Bucks

Home city: Laredo, Texas

Arena (seats): Laredo Energy Arena (6,500)

Owner: Glenn Hart

Coach/GM: Terry Ruskowski

2009-10 record (place/conference): 32-20-12 (3rd, Southern)

Average attendance (CHL rank): 4,095 (7th)

Facts: Became the first professional franchise in Laredo when it joined the league in 2002. Ruskowski signed a lifetime contract to coach the Bucks on Sept. 5, 2007.

Mississippi RiverKings

Home city: Southaven, Miss.

Arena (seats): DeSoto Civic Center (8,400)

Owners: Maddox Foundation

Coach/Director of Hockey Operations: Kevin Kaminski

2009-10 record (place/conference): 33-24-7 (4th, Northern)

Average attendance (CHL rank): 3,315 (10th)

Facts: One of six original CHL teams in 1992 as the Memphis RiverKings. Moved to Southaven in 2007.

Missouri Mavericks

Home city: Independence, Mo.

Arena (seats): Independence Events Center (5,800)

Owners: Mark Adams, Matt Adams, Mike Carper

Coach/Director of Hockey Operations: Scott Hillman

2009-10 record (place/conference): 31-27-6 (5th, Northern)

Average attendance (CHL rank): 4,935 (3rd)

Facts: Joined the league in 2009. Like Allen, the Mavericks' arena was built by ICC.

Odessa Jackalopes

Home city: Odessa, Texas

Arena (seats): Ector County Coliseum (5,131)

Owner: Rick Gasser, Tracey Nyborg, Bill Nyborg

Coach: Paul Gillis

2009-10 record (place/conference): 48-11-5 (1st, Southern)

Average attendance (CHL rank): 3,044 (12th)

Affiliation: New York Islanders (NHL), Bridgeport Sound (AHL)

Facts: Began play in the WPHL in 1997, and joined the CHL when the leagues merged in 2001. Paul Gillis coached the Mallards to a UHL Championship in 1997-98.

Rapid City Rush

Home city: Rapid City, S.D.

Arena (seats): Rushmore Plaza Civic Center (5,037)

Owners: Scott Mueller, Donny Ward, Barry Peterson

Coach/Director of Hockey Operations: Joe Ferras

2009-10 record (place/conference): 43-14-7 (1st, Northern) (Presidents' Cup champions)

Average attendance (CHL rank): 4,811 (5th)

Facts: Began play in the CHL in 2008.

Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

Home city: Rio Grande Valley, Texas

Arena (seats): State Farm Arena (5,500)

Owner: Troy Nelson

Coach: Chris Brooks

2009-10 record (place/conference): 27-27-10 (6th, Southern)

Average attendance (CHL rank): 4,742 (6th)

Facts: Founded in 2003.

Texas Brahmas

Home city: North Richland Hills, Texas

Arena (seats): NYTEX Sports Centre (2,300)

Owner: Stuart A. Fraser

Coach/Director of Hockey Operations: Dan Wildfong

2009-10 record (place/conference): 32-25-7 (4th, Southern)

Average attendance (CHL rank): 2,226 (11th)

Facts: Began play in the WPHL as the Fort Worth Brahmas in 1997. Entered the CHL in 2001 and suspended operations for a season in 2006, returning the next season as the Texas Brahmas.

Tulsa Oilers

Home city: Tulsa, Okla.

Arena (seats): BOK Center (17,096)

Owner: Jeff Lund

Coach: Bruce Ramsay

2009-10 record (place/conference): 28-29-7 (6th, Northern)

Average attendance (CHL rank): 4,824 (4th)

Facts: Played in the original CHL from 1964-1984. Are an original member of the "new" CHL. Ramsay is a former Muskegon Fury coach.

Wichita Thunder

Home city: Wichita, Kan.

Arena (seats): INTRUST Bank Arena (15,000)

Owner: Horn Chen

Coach: Kevin McClelland

2009-10 record (place/conference): 9-50-5 (7th, Northern)

Average attendance (CHL rank): 5,001 (2nd)

Facts: An original six CHL member. Chen is a Chicago-based businessman and the founder of the CHL. He is a minority owner of the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets.

International Hockey League

Attendance: 847,390 (7 teams, 266 games)

Average attendance: 3,185

Notes: The Muskegon Lumberjacks have been replaced by a United States Hockey League team of the same name. In Flint, a North American Hockey League team will play in Perani Arena, leaving the Generals' fate in question, but IHL commissioner Dennis Hextall indicates ownership is close to being secured. Following is a list of currently active IHL teams.

Bloomington PrairieThunder

Home city: Bloomington, Ill.

Arena (seats): U.S. Cellular Coliseum (6,700)

Owner: Tim Leighton

Coach: Jarrod Skalde

2009-10 record (place): 31-34-5-6 (5th)

Average attendance (IHL rank): 2,698 (4th)

Dayton Gems

Home city: Dayton, Ohio

Arena (seats): Hara Arena (5,500)

Owners: Greater Dayton Hockey Partnership (GDHP)

Coach: TBA

2009-10 record (place): 25-46-4-1 (7th)

Average attendance (IHL rank): 1,280 (7th)

Flint Generals

Home city: Flint, Mich.

Arena (seats): Perani Arena (4,021)

Owner: Brandon Bordeaux*

Coach: Jason Muzzatti

2009-10 record (place): 33-36-3-4 (4th)

Average attendance (IHL rank): 1,868 (5th)

Note: The ownership future in Flint is undetermined. Bordeaux has said he wants to remain a minority owner of the Generals if he can sell the majority of the team.

Fort Wayne Komets

Home city: Fort Wayne, Ind.

Arena (seats): Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (10,500)

Owners: Franke family

Coach: Al Sims

2009-10 record (place): 50-21-1-4 (2nd) (Turner Cup champions)

Average attendance (IHL rank): 7,825 (1st)

Port Huron IceHawks

Home city: Port Huron, Mich.

Arena (seats): McMorran Arena (3,300)

Owner: Larry Kinney

Coach: TBA

2009-10 record (place): 47-25-0-4 (3rd)

Average attendance (IHL rank): 1,627 (6th)

Quad City Mallards

Home city: Moline, Ill.

Arena (seats): i wireless Center (9,753)

Owner: Chris Lencheski

Coach/Director of Hockey Operations: Frank Anzalone

2009-10 record (place): 29-35-4-8 (6th)

Average attendance (IHL rank): 4,067 (2nd)

Affiliation: Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
By Matt Veto, mveto@qconline.com



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