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COULD CLINTON BE THE FIRST PRESIDENT TO ATTEND AN ECHL GAME?
Published June 24, 1998
The ECHL announced that Little Rock, AR, will join the league for the '99-2000 season, becoming the ECHL's 29th member. The club will play at the 16,377-seat Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, presently under construction (ECHL). In Little Rock, George Schroeder reports that AR Sports Entertainment will pay the team's $1.5M franchise fee. Dave Berryman is President & CEO of the group, which includes his brother, Tim. The ECHL team will be Arkansas' second pro hockey franchise, following the WPHL Arkansas GlacierCats, which will play at Barton Coliseum. The Berrymans signed a five-year exclusive deal with the Alltel Arena board in May. Dave Berryman said his group considered both the AHL and IHL, but said the ECHL "offers the most stability and credibility in minor league hockey today." ECHL CEO Rick Adams, on hand for the announcement, said the league plans to expand to 32 teams by '99 (ARK DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE, 6/24).