Steelhounds Fans for the ECHL

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For the past three years, the Youngstown Steelhounds Hockey team has offered sports fans across the Mahoning Valley the opportunity to enjoy professional hockey at the beautiful Chevrolet Centre. On June 2, 2008, the league which the Steelhounds were apart of for their first three seasons, the Central Hockey League, announced that the Steelhounds would no longer be apart of their league in future competition.

Since the announcement, the management and ownership of the Steelhounds have begun to look over their options as they look to play hockey this fall. One option would be to join the six team International Hockey League this fall. Another option would be to sit out a year and to join the East Coast Hockey League for the 2009/2010 Season.

We as dedicated Steelhounds fans believe it would be in the best interest of the organization to sit out a year and to work over the coming months to become members of the East Coast Hockey League, which has teams in nearby Cincinnati, OH, Toledo, OH, Dayton, OH, Wheeling, WV, and Johnstown, PA. We do not believe it would be wise to rush into the six team IHL. The competition level of the ECHL is more superior than that of the IHL and the ECHL offers better geographical rivalries for the Steelhounds.

We ask that you please sign this petition in favor of the Youngstown Steelhounds Organization to sit out a year in order to join the East Coast Hockey League for the 2009/2010 Season. Thank You!