Dayton Bombers RIP

As reported in the Dayton Business Journal:

The Dayton Bombers are ceasing operations and will not play next season, league officials confirmed Monday.

Brian McKenna, commissioner of the ECHL, the AA hockey league the Bombers have played in since 1990, said the Bombers and owner Costa Papista filed all necessary paperwork and notified the league it would not be playing in the 2009-2010 season. McKenna said the decision means the team will cease operations and will not be sold because there is nothing to sell.

Papista could not be reached for comment, but Erin Falcon, director of business operations for the local hockey team, confirmed the team would not play next year.

This is not shocking news, as the team has come close to the precipice on what seems like a yearly basis. Still, it’s sad to see another team in Ohio shut down, especially in a city with a reasonably long history of hockey.

And I assume this puts paid to the idea of a downtown hockey arena in Dayton for the Bombers. Too bad, as Dayton has always been a city of which I’m quite fond, but they’re struggling pretty badly there. They don’t need any more bad news.

Although I admit I will not miss the Nutter Center as a hockey venue, RIP Dayton Bombers.

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