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Board of Governors approves sale of Greenville Swamp Rabbits

The ECHL announced on Wednesday that the League’s Board of Governors has approved the Transfer of Controlling Interest of the Greenville Swamp Rabbits from Chestnut Street Holdings, LLC, an entity owned by Fred Festa, to South Carolina Pro Hockey, LLC, an entity that will be managed by Steve Donner.

“On behalf of the ECHL Board of Governors, I would like to welcome the new ownership group,” ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna said. “We are excited by their plans for the market. We would like to thank Fred for his considerable efforts on behalf of the Swamp Rabbits and the ECHL.”

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Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 27 teams in 21 states and one Canadian province for its 30th season in 2017-18. There have been  who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including 10 who have made their NHL debuts in the 2017-18 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 31 NHL teams in 2017-18, marking the 21st consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at as well as on Twitter and Facebook.