ECHL down to 19 teams in 2010-11.

The ECHL made it official today: Nineteen teams will play next season, one fewer than this season. All of the changes affect the American Conference, whose teams won’t play the Reign in the regular season. Here is the full release:

Johnstown’s Move to Greenville Approved

The Board unanimously approved the transfer of home territory for the Johnstown membership to Greenville, S.C. to begin play in the 2010-11.

Charlotte Checkers Move Up To AHL

The Charlotte Checkers received unanimous approval from the Board to move up to the American Hockey League for the 2010-11 season and will relinquish their membership in the ECHL at the end of the current season.

Voluntary Suspension Extended For Columbia

The Board unanimously approved the extension of the voluntary suspension for Columbia, S.C. for the 2010-11 season as the work on plans to construct a new arena in Lexington County, S.C.

With these moves, the ECHL will operate with nineteen teams in the 2010-11 season. Work is under way on the 2010-11 playing schedule.

Without a team in Johnstown, Pa., the ECHL loses its only remaining charter franchise. ECHL commissioner Brian McKenna told the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, “From the league’s perspective, there has always been a soft spot for Johnstown, the tradition, the fact that it’s the only charter member still playing in the same arena in the same market. A lot of players, front office folks, coaches and broadcasters have moved up and on from Johnstown. It’s played a very significant role in the history of the ECHL.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.
  • Mike

    What’s the word with expansion in our conference. Last I read, Reno was pushing hard, and Fresno had a lot of buzz.

  • J.P. Hoornstra

    I haven’t heard any buzz around either team recently. They’re in exactly opposite scenarios, actually. Fresno has an arena but no ECHL membership. Reno is paying its membership fees but has no place to put a team. Still, this puts both cities ahead of the others, in terms of possible National Conference expansion.

  • EB


    I read about a month ago that ECHL was considering having National conference teams play American conference during the regular season. And now in this post, you mention that the changes in American conference won’t have any affect on the Reign games. This leads me to believe that those changes won’t take affect for the 10-11 season???

  • J.P. Hoornstra

    They won’t have any *immediate* effect on the Reign – such as with playoff seeding, which will have to be changed in the American Conference. The latest ECHL release said the league is in the process of making out its 2010-11 schedule, for which interconference play is still a possibility. At least, the league hasn’t ruled it out nor made it official.

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