The Columbus Stars were a minor league professional ice hockey team that folded before the midway point of their inaugural season, of 2004, in the United Hockey League due to economic problems. The Stars had 21 home games, which drew only an average of 973 people per game, the lowest of all minor pro ice hockey teams, and was 2,000 less than the UHL average. The Ohio Expo Center Coliseum which they played in had a capacity of 5,676. Despite leading the Eastern Conference of the UHL at the time of its demise the team's final game had an attendance of only 732.
The team was owned by Joe Milano Jr, who also ran a restaurant. Denis Leary was offered a one game contract to play with the Columbus Stars. He would have been paid the standard one game salary for a player ($300) and an undisclosed percentage of the ticket sales from the game would have been donated to his charity, Leary Firefighters Foundation.
Columbus Stars players included:
- "Columbus Stars cease operation". Portsmouth Daily Times. January 10, 2004. Retrieved January 18, 2011.
- "Comic relief : Denis Leary offered one-game minor league hockey deal". Sports Illustrated. December 15, 2003. Retrieved January 18, 2011.
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