ECHL ticket deposits to be refunded


Gary Fisher, secretary-treasurer of the Skipjacks, said yesterday that season-ticket deposits on a prospective East Coast Hockey League team in Baltimore will be refunded within two weeks.

The Skipjacks, who are moving to Portland, Maine, next season, have been holding deposits in anticipation of an ECHL team coming here. But the Baltimore Hockey Advocates announced Wednesday that negotiations to put the team in the Arena had ended unsuccessfully, signaling the end of a 14-year run of professional hockey in Baltimore.

Matt Hodges, marketing director for the Skipjacks, said the refunds would be done automatically.

Fisher, a longtime member of the advocates, said the group plans to work on "bringing a team back at some time in the future when it makes sense."

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