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Laredo ceases operations for 2012-13, CHL says

Players declared unrestricted free agents

The Laredo Bucks will not operate during the 2012-13 season, and the players will be declared unrestricted free agents, the Central Hockey League said today.

The team's owners will maintain their license agreement in the league, the CHL said in a statement.

"It is a sad day for fans of the CHL and specifically Bucks fans," Commissioner Duane Lewis said in the statement.

"We made every effort to avoid this outcome, but in our current position we thought this was the proper decision," minority owner Glenn Hart said in the statement.

Laredo has played 10 seasons in the CHL, winning the Presidents' Cup in 2004 and 2006 and compiling an overall record of 368-213-59.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at