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IHL TO ENTER ANOTHER NHL MARKET -- THIS TIME L.A.
Published January 6, 1995
IHL San Diego Gulls President and Managing General Partner Fred Comrie announced he will move his IHL franchise to L.A. at the end of the season. Comrie has signed a three-year lease to play in the L.A. Sports Arena, with an option for five more seasons. Comrie had been saying for months that he "needed a way to stop the Gulls' financial bleeding," noting that the team was on its way to a fifth straight season of operating losses. The Gulls are projected to lose around $1.2M this season, and averaged fewer than 5,000 fans a game -- ranking 16th out of 17 IHL teams. But yesterday, Comrie said his decision was based solely on the San Diego's unwillingness to guarantee "him an opportunity to play in the proposed new arena downtown." IHL Commissioner Bob Ufer announced that there is still a chance that San Diego could field a team next year, and that he will meet with two groups interested in keeping hockey in San Diego (Jim Trotter, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/6).