Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan - email
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond Renegades announced Thursday that they are ceasing hockey operations in the Southern Professional Hockey League effective immediately.
Team owner Allan Harvie noted that the team will be hosting a sale in the immediate future to include new and used hockey and office equipment, as well as sticks and memorabilia.
"I have delayed making this announcement for as long as possible while my investors and I looked at every possible alternative," Harvie said. "Like so many other companies, we are the victim of the current harsh economic conditions. I am saddened beyond words for my team, my staff and especially my loyal Renegades fans."
The Renegades have started to refund all season and playoff ticket deposits by March 31. The team's offices in the coliseum will remain open until April 4 and Harvie is asking fans to pick up items they won in recent auctions as soon as possible.
The Renegades originally began operations in 1990 in the East Coast Hockey League and played until 2003 when the Riverdogs became the resident professional team playing in the UHL.