By Billy Byler
© 2008 The Augusta Chronicle
AUGUSTA, Ga. – As the 2007-08 ECHL regular season begins its final month of play, the Augusta Lynx will face the Columbia Inferno for the final time Friday.
It might be a while before the two teams meet again.
The Inferno, in their seventh year of operation, may not make it to eight. The organization has declared a voluntary suspension for the 2008-09 season while it irons out venue issues. A similar situation has stifled a potential team in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
With the move of the Texas Wildcatters to Ontario, Calif., the Lynx, along with the rest of the ECHL’s South Division, stand to lose two divisional opponents next season.
ECHL commissioner Brian McKenna, who made an appearance at James Brown Arena on Saturday to catch a Lynx game, said the future of the teams in Columbia and Myrtle Beach still is uncertain.
“We’ll know a lot more in Columbia in the next 90 days, and we’re still hopeful about Myrtle Beach. We’ll know more there in April,” he said. “Beyond that, from a league standpoint, I’d like to see us back in Greensboro (N.C.) and Greenville (S.C.). It’s a question of finding solid ownership and getting a business plan set up there. There’s nothing for 08-09, but we’re hopeful for something there in 2009-10.”