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This is a list of teams that once played in the ECHL but no longer exist. This includes franchises which have relocated to different cities. The years of operation only reflect the time in which the team was in the ECHL; it does not take into account any time in which the franchise operated in another league (such as the Central Hockey League, International Hockey League, United Hockey League or West Coast Hockey League).

Defunct and relocated teams before the ECHL's absorption of the WCHL Edit

Team Seasons Outcome
Virginia Lancers 1988-1993 Moved to Huntsville, AL (now Utah Grizzlies).
Louisville IceHawks 1990-1994 Moved to Jacksonville, FL.
Huntsville Blast 1993-1994 Moved to Tallahassee, FL (now Utah Grizzlies).
Greensboro Monarchs 1989-1995 Ceased operations and replaced by the Carolina Monarchs of the AHL.
Erie Panthers 1988-1996 Moved to Baton Rouge, LA (now Victoria Salmon Kings).
Nashville Knights 1989-1996 Moved to Pensacola, FL and replaced by the Nashville Predators of the NHL.
Knoxville Cherokees 1988-1997 Moved to Florence, SC.
Raleigh IceCaps 1991-1998 Moved to Augusta, GA and replaced by the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL.
Louisville River Frogs 1995-1998 Moved to Miami, FL.
Columbus Chill 1991-1999 Moved to Reading, PA and replaced by the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL.
Chesapeake Icebreakers 1997-1999 Moved to Jackson, MS.
Miami Matadors 1998-1999 Moved to Cincinnati, OH.
Hampton Roads Admirals 1989-2000 Ceased operations and replaced by the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL.
Huntington Blizzard 1993-2000 Moved to Beaumont, TX (now Ontario Reign).
Jacksonville Lizard Kings 1995-2000 Ceased operations.
Tallahassee Tiger Sharks 1994-2001 Moved to Macon, GA (now Utah Grizzlies)
Birmingham Bulls 1992-2001 Moved to Atlantic City, NJ (now Stockton Thunder).
Mobile Mysticks 1995-2002 Moved to Gwinnett, GA.
New Orleans Brass 1997-2002 Ceased operations.
Macon Whoopee 2001-2002 Moved to Lexington, KY (now Utah Grizzlies).
Richmond Renegades 1990-2003 Ceased operations.
Baton Rouge Kingfish 1996-2003 Moved to Victoria, BC.
Arkansas RiverBlades 1999-2003 Ceased operations.
Jackson Bandits 1999-2003 Ceased operations.
Lexington Men O' War 2002-2003 Moved to West Valley City, UT

Defunct and relocated teams after the ECHL's absorption of the WCHL Edit

Team Seasons Modern equivalent team
Roanoke Express 1993-2004 Franchise rights revoked by the ECHL.
Greensboro Generals 1999-2004 Franchise rights revoked by the ECHL.
Columbus Cottonmouths 2001-2004 Ceased operations and replaced by the Columbus Cottonmouths of
the SPHL.
Louisiana IceGators 1995-2005 Franchise rights revoked by the ECHL.
Peoria Rivermen 1996-2005 Ceased operations and replaced by the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL.
Pee Dee Pride 1996-2005 Returned franchise rights to the ECHL after a failed attempt to move to
Myrtle Beach, SC from 2005-2008.
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies 2001-2005 Moved to Stockton, CA
Greenville Grrrowl 1998-2006 Franchise revoked by the ECHL.
San Diego Gulls 2003-2006 Franchise revoked by the ECHL.
Long Beach Ice Dogs 2003-2007 Franchise revoked by the ECHL.
Pensacola Ice Pilots 1996-2008 Franchise revoked by the ECHL. Replaced by the Pensacola Ice Flyers of
the SPHL.
Augusta Lynx 1998-2008 Ceased operations on December 2, 2008, becoming the first team in ECHL
history to fold during the season. Will be replaced by a SPHL team.
Fresno Falcons 2003-2008 Ceased operations on December 22, 2008, becoming the second team in
ECHL history to fold during the season.
Texas Wildcatters 2003-2008 Moved to Ontario, CA
Dayton Bombers 1991-2009 Relinquished membership to the ECHL following a failed drive for season
tickets and managing partnership to resume play for the 2010-11 season.
Replaced by the Dayton Gems of the IHL.
Mississippi Sea Wolves 1996-2009 Ceased operations and replaced by the Mississippi Surge of the SPHL.
Phoenix Roadrunners 2005-2009 Ceased operations.
Johnstown Chiefs 1988-2010 Moved to Greenville, SC. Last remaining member of the five founding
teams of the East Coast Hockey League to relocate.
Charlotte Checkers 1993-2010 Will be replaced by the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL, whether ECHL
franchise will relocate or cease operations is unknown.

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