Farcical is the word that comes to mind, when I think of professional hockey at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
The Chicago Hounds of the UHL -- coached by Greg Puhalski -- lasted one year.
Then, the beautiful arena was without hockey from 2007 until 2011, when the ECHL's Chicago Express came to town. The Express lasted one season, announcing today it was folding: Click here.
I don't know a single person who thought it would work there, in a town with the NHL's Blackhawks and the American Hockey League's Wolves, but the Sears Centre never did itself favors with what I was always told were unreasonable lease demands.
Anyway, if the Komets move to the ECHL this summer, as most believe they will, this is one fewer rival they will have.
I don't know if this opens the possibility of the Komets purchasing the Express franchise and moving it to Fort Wayne, thus saving some money on the move to the ECHL. But I would guess it's an option.
- Here's the game story from the Komets' 5-3 victory over the Rapid City Rush, which gave Fort Wayne a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Turner Conference semifinals: Click here.
- The Komets' take on the Les Reaney suspension: Click here.
- Here's the video recap from that Game: Click here.
- Cathie Rowand's photos: Click here.
- Some coverage out of Rapid City: Click here.
- We know Missouri has advanced, and how Wichita is up 3-1 on Rio Grande Valley: Click here.
- As for the fourth series: Click here.
- Who do you think has been the Komets' playoff MVP so far? Pretty difficult not to pick goaltender Nick Boucher. So who's second? Probably Mike Vaskivuo, eh?