User:Stolilv87/Sandbox/2010-11 ECHL season
The 2010–11 ECHL season will be the 23rd season of the ECHL. It will run from October, 2010 until April, 2011, with the Kelly Cup Playoffs to follow, all the way to late May or early June. The league is expected to welcome one new franchise, a relocation of the Johnstown Chiefs to Greenville, South Carolina, who will play in the BI-LO Center. The ECHL will hold its annual All-Star Game and Skills Challenge on January 26 at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California, home of the Bakersfield Condors.
In February 2010, Charlotte Checkers owner Michael Kahn purchased the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League from Capital District Sports and that the team would relocated to Charlotte for the 2010–11 season. Rumors had surfaced that the franchise rights that were held by the Checkers would be transferred to an ownership group with plans of putting a team at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California, but instead Charlotte returned its franchise to the ECHL.
Also in February 2010, the Johnstown Chiefs, the only member from the original five teams to compete in the league's inaugural season to stay in its original city, announced that they would be relocating to Greenville, South Carolina following the completion of the 2009–10 season. On February 15, 2010, the Greenville Arena District Board announced that they had agreed to a five-year deal to bring the Chiefs to Greenville's BI-LO Center and the ECHL Board of Governors approved the relocation of the Johnstown franchise to Greenville on February 17.
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