PRINCETON, N.J. - The ECHL announced Monday that the Membership of the Pensacola Ice Pilots has been terminated, effective immediately.
"On behalf of the ECHL we are very disappointed both for the Ice Pilots fans as well as the other member teams of the ECHL," said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna.
The termination of the Membership comes as a result of the Pensacola ownership group notifying the ECHL that it did not intend to play in 2008-09 or any season thereafter. Failure to ice a team for play is grounds for automatic termination under the ECHL Bylaws.
All Pensacola players will immediately become unrestricted free agents.
The league announced that work is underway on a revised version of the 2008-09 playing schedule.
After the 2007-08 season, when the Ice Pilots had finished dead last for three consecutive years, team owner Mario Forgione announced he had no intention of fielding a team in Pensacola for the ECHL during the 2008-2009 season. Forgione announced plans to keep a team in Pensacola, but one in a lower-level league. That league was not named. The ECHL then stated that is would revoke the franchise if need be, and the ECHL made it official on Monday, June 23, 2008.
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