Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/11/08 at 12:04 PM ET
from the AP via Yahoo,
The Sea Wolves, who joined the ECHL in 1996, stayed afloat thanks to local ownership that was committed to Biloxi. But on Aug. 29, 2005, only weeks after the Sea Wolves offered former ECHL player Steffon Walby his first head coaching job, Katrina obliterated Mississippi’s coastline.
Water inside the coliseum swamped the first five rows of seats, destroying two Zamboni ice surfacing machines and the scoreboard, which had been lowered to the floor out of fear that it might fall if 140 mph winds tore away the building’s walls or roof.
Few could have blamed the franchise for folding or selling to owners from elsewhere who might have moved the team to a Northern city where hockey is embedded in local culture.
It wasn’t even clear how many fans would be around if the team would come back.
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