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ECHL's Chiefs relocating to Greenville

The Johnstown Chiefs hockey team will be moving to Greenville for the 2010-11 season.
The Johnstown Chiefs hockey team will be moving to Greenville for the 2010-11 season.
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No word on whether the Hanson Brothers are coming, but professional ice hockey is returning to Greenville in the form of the soon-to-be former Johnstown (Pa.) Chiefs.

City of Greenville officials announced Monday that the Chiefs, who got their name after the movie "Slapshot" featuring the fictional Charlestown Chiefs was partially filmed in Johnstown and released in 1977, will begin play here next season.

According to a release on the team's official website, the team's owners have sought and were granted permission from the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) to make the move to Greenville. The team reportedly has averaged fewer than 2,000 fans per game this season and reported six-figure losses from last year.

This is not Greenville's first foray into hockey or the ECHL. The Greenville Grrrowl played at Greenville's Bi-Lo Center from 1998-2006 and, after early success, folded due to financial woes.

It is unclear as to whether the Chiefs, who had played in Johnstown since 1988, will keep that nickname as they begin play in Greenville for the 2010-11 season.

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