Late last night local cable news outlet Charter-TV3 on “Worcester News Tonight” reported that Cliff Rucker’s bid to bring an ECHL team to Worcester was approved unanimously by the ECHL’s Board of Governors. The brief report by Sports Director Kevin Shea, which you can watch right here on YouTube, mentions no further information.
210Sports contacted two sources this morning, and while neither could comment on the record because of ECHL rules both indicated the report was likely true given that no negative reports have come out of yesterday’s meeting in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Plus, as Bill Ballou of the Worcester Telegram reported this morning, the press event scheduled for Monday at the DCU Center has not been canceled. Signs point to the expansion franchise being awarded to Rucker.
With the first game for the new, as of yet unnamed, Worcester ECHL franchise not scheduled until the start of the 2017-18 season there’s plenty of time for the landscape of the league to change, but presuming no franchise moves between now and then a Worcester ECHL franchise would join the East Division with the Manchester Monarchs, Adirondack Thunder, Reading Royals, and Elmira Jackals. A current East Division team, the Norfolk Admirals, would likely switch to the North Division.
Any new information will be reported as it arrives.