The Alaska Avalanche, a member of the North American Hockey League, are picking up their skates and moving out of state to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, according to WIBW of Topeka, Kansas. The team will be renamed in time for the 2012-13 season.
Although Alaska might initially seem like a better fit for an ice hockey team, Johnstown has an extensive minor league hockey history and even inspired the famous hockey movie "Slap Shot," starring Paul Newman, according to the Associated Press.
Sports franchises - especially minor league ones - are relocated frequently to find better markets and seek out more favorable economic situations. The NAHL has 27 teams in 14 states, according to the AP, and is used to frequent shuffling. When this happens, there is a lot to move.
Equipment and uniforms are valuable to the coaches and players - who are typically young - and employing a moving and relocation company can help make the process as smooth as a hockey rink.
It would be a shame, after all, if the team showed up at their new home rink - the Cambria County War Memorial Arena - and realized they didn't have their skates.