PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced on Friday that the Board of Governors has overwhelmingly approved a Transfer of Controlling Interest for the Fresno Membership from Chandar Sports California, LLC to Fresno Hockey Club LLC.
The new ownership group includes Brian Glover, Chris Cummings, Bill Cummings and Arline Parfitt. Glover and the Cummings brothers are principal investors in Fresno Baseball Club which purchased the minor league Fresno Grizzlies last fall.
“I would like to recognize Charles Davenport for his efforts in bringing ECHL hockey to Fresno and Save Mart Center. At the same time we are excited for the future of our league in Fresno,” said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna. “The enthusiasm of the new ownership and the fact that they have ties to the fans and community through both baseball and hockey presents an outstanding opportunity for growth and stability.”
Fresno requested and was granted an Expansion Membership in the ECHL in September 2002 along with the Alaska Aces, the Bakersfield Condors, the Idaho Steelheads, the Las Vegas Wranglers, the Long Beach Ice Dogs and the San Diego Gulls. The expansion also included the membership that is now playing as the Phoenix RoadRunners and the membership in Reno, Nevada which is awaiting completion of an arena.
The Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League, the ECHL began in 1988 with five teams in three states and is playing with 25 teams in 14 states and one Canadian province in 2005-06. The ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the NHL and there are more than 100 players in the ECHL under contract to NHL teams. There have been 297 players who have gone on to play in the NHL after playing in the ECHL, including a record 41 in 2005-06, and each of the past five Stanley Cup winners have had a former ECHL player.