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12/23/2008 9:50 AM

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PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced Monday that the Board of Governors had voted unanimously to terminate the Membership of the Fresno Falcons, effective immediately.

The termination of the Membership comes as a result of the Fresno ownership group notifying the ECHL that they are unable to continue to operate the Membership for financial reasons.

Failure to ice a team for play is grounds for automatic termination under the ECHL Bylaws.

“We are very disappointed for our fans, league partners and the other member teams,” said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna. “The ECHL would like to thank the Fresno fans for their support of the Falcons.”

Fresno players will immediately become unrestricted free agents.

Bakersfield is working on an exhibition game for Saturday to replace the game scheduled against Fresno and will announce details as soon as they become available.

Fresno’s games against Ontario on Sunday and Victoria on Monday have been cancelled.

The league said that work has begun on a revised version of the playing schedule which will be released as soon as possible. is the official web site of the ECHL. ECHL, the ECHL logo and all word marks and logos associated with the ECHL and are registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of ECHL Properties. All Rights Reserved.