It lived. It died. It lived again, sort of. It died again.
I say this upon reading that the Port Huron Icehawks are officially closing their doors, which means the remaining IHL teams number four. And it's no longer possible for anyone with even a tenuous grasp on reality to acknowledge that it still exists in any meaningful form.
The straight dope is, the Central Hockey League has absorbed what's left of it, and rest in peace. IHL officials can make all the noises they want about how there will still be an IHL "presence," but there isn't one.
League office? Fine, keep a league office if you like. Keep five or six. Doesn't matter, because it will no longer preside over anything. You might as well turn it into a Kinko's.
The IHL. Reborn 2007, died 2010.