Chicago Blackhawks' ECHL Affiliate, Fresno Falcons, Ceases Operations

Michael Wagner@MichaelDWagnerSenior Analyst IDecember 22, 2008

It was a sad day for the Chicago Blackhawks organization and the East Coast Hockey League as the Blackhawks' ECHL affiliate, Fresno Falcons, ceased operations. The ownership group cited financial problems as the reason.

The ECHL Commissioner had a few words about the termination of Fresno from the league.

“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.”

The 'Hawks have a few prospect that were playing for the Falcons at the time of their termination: Joe Fallon, J.C. Sawyer, Brennan Turner, Adam Berti, Adam Hobson, and Dan Bertram.

These six Blackhawks prospects and the rest of the former Falcons will be looking for an new team. Because of the team's termination, the players immediately become free agents.

Joe Fallon was playing rather well for the Falcons, with a record of 8-4-1 with a 90.1 save percentage. He will be on the search for another team in the ECHL to play with.

It is likely that the Utah Grizzlies will give Fallon a call, as they are in desperate need of a solid goaltender.

With the termination of the Fresno Falcons from the ECHL, it proves that sports is also susceptible to a poor economy. Thankfully, most major sports are still going strong, but this something that most hockey fans (and sports fans is general) do not want to see.

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