Mud Hens negotiating to purchase Toledo Storm

The Toledo Mud Hens organization is in negotiations to purchase the Toledo Storm hockey franchise, members of the Storm's front office have confirmed.

Toledo Storm Vice President and General Manager Pat Pylypuik said the Mud Hens organization has offered to purchase the East Coast Hockey League franchise from current owner Tim Gladieux. He said this would be the last season the Storm would play in the Toledo Sports Arena.

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Is this being done to merge faltering enterprises in order to capitalize for a time on cutting inefficient duplicities between the two? Or is this being done to once again pay off a Toledo aristocrat (i.e. Gladieux -- a modern merchant prince)?

This item was reported by The Blade a week or more ago. The Mudhens organization is being offered the deal, I believe, because the new sports arena (destined for the block where The Bijou now stands) will bring in a triple A (?) hockey team and maybe offer arena football... a year-round venue for sports and other activities, and proven management is needed, which the Mudhens can provide. The Storm will disappear from Toledo. The old king is dead, long live the new king.

Gladieux will, of course, get enough out of this to retire in style. So what... that's what made America great.

That seems more true than not pretty often.

How many remember when the Northtowne mall was a swanky place?

I would hardly say the Mudhens organization is faltering. They are wildly successful, especially since making the move to 5/3 Field. All-time attendance records, two straight championships, and the top-selling AAA brand in the country don't equate to a faltering program.

The Storm on the other hand.........

While I doubt I'll see the arena built before I move, I still am excited about this. The Mudhens organization runs a pretty good outfit, and I think that (along with a new arena) will equate to a successful hockey venture as well.

about either team, personally.

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In World War 2 we fought (and defeated) the Axis. Today we're afraid of cellphones, smokers, and cheeseburgers. It's about at the end, people.

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'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'

an arena will give a shot in the arm to downtown.

(sigh) Too bad nobody gives a shit about the rest of the town anymore.

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In World War 2 we fought (and defeated) the Axis. Today we're afraid of cellphones, smokers, and cheeseburgers. It's about at the end, people.

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'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'

I agree it will but I wonder if we've given up too much in the funding that it'll come back and bite us in the end.

Toledo and Lucas County have a history of screwing up good ideas. (See Portside, Steam Plant, Marina District etc.)

However I wouldn't have put the $$ in Gladieux's pocket. I would have gone out and gotten a AHL team put them in the new stadium, watched their attendance grow while Gladieux's team's support dwindled in competition with a bigger and better product.

MikeyA

MikeyA

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