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Who Owns the Chiefs? Johnstown Losing Team For Real

ReggieIn the world of minor league hockey, no team is more famous than the Johnstown Chiefs.

That's because the Chiefs play their home games in Johnstown, Pa., in the same arena the fictional Chiefs of the all-time classic Slap Shot played in.

Only not for long.

The Chiefs, who are owned and coached by former Rangers GM Neil Smith, are on their way south. And no, they are not headed to sunny F-L-A ("I think there are a lot of shysters in Florida").

The Johnstown ECHL franchise, which is a perennial loser financially, is headed to Greensville, S.C. -- not to be confused with Greensboro, N.C., where the Marlins have a minor league affiliate.

Here's the AP story on the move with a lot of good local flavor.

Sounds like Smith and his crew are working real hard to keep the name and all of that in Johnstown so if someone wants to make a go of it in the future -- perhaps in the new Federal League -- they can.

Here are some great lines from the movie -- some of the better ones cannot be printed here..you can find all of these great quotes on imdb.com

And if you are bored, you can read the entire script here.

Or just watch the flick for that 50th time.

-- "See this quarter? It used to be a nickle. The golden years are behind you. One season, you'll be hanging up the blades and retiring the ax. Then you'll remember it was Joe McGrath who trained you for the front office.''-- Joe McGrath.

Dickydunn "To see the three Chiefs make a scoring rush, the bright colors of their jerseys flashing against the milky ice was to see a work of art in motion." -- Dickie Dunn.

"If Dickie Dunn wrote it, it must be true." -- Reg Dunlap.

-- "They spent their own dough to get here, and they came here to see us. All right, let's show 'em what we got, guys! Get out there on the ice and let 'em know you're there. Get that stick in their side. Let 'em know you're there! Get that lumber in his teeth. Let 'em know you're there!" -- Reg Dunlap.

Slapshotbench -- "Bleed all over 'em. Let 'em know you're there." -- Ned Braden.

-- "Here's a name for you nostalgia fans: Clarence 'Screaming Buffalo' Swamptown.

"I'll never forget an exclusive interview in which Swamptown revealed that he calls his hockey stick the 'Big Tomahawk,' and he usually refers to the opposing players as 'the little scalps'.'' -- Jim Carr.

-- "Against the rules. You know, you're stupid when you do that. Just some English pig with no brains, you know." -- Dennis Lemieux. 

-- "Every scout in the NHL is out there tonight, with contracts in their pockets, and they're looking for talent. For winners. Oh. All my years of publicity. All the fashion shows and radiothons for nothing. They come here tonight -- to scout the Chiefs -- the toughest team in the Federal League! Not this!" -- Joe McGrath.

Jimcarr -- "Andre 'Poodle' Lussier, defense. Andre, as you know, has been living in semi-seclusion in Northern Quebec ever since the unfortunate Denny Pratt tragedy.'' -- Carr.

-- "I have to confess I've never let the children watch a hockey game. I have a theory that children imitate what they see on a TV screen. If they see violence, they'll become violent. If they see someone stick up a bank, they'll stick up a bank. Heroin. You name it" -- Anita McCambridge.

-- "Oh this young man has had a very trying rookie season, with the litigation, the notoriety, his subsequent deportation to Canada and that country's refusal to accept him, well, I guess that's more than most 21-year-olds can handle... Ogie Ogilthorpe!" -- Carr.

Slapshotflag "I am personally placing a hundred-dollar bounty on the head of Tim McCracken. He's the head coach and chief punk on that Syracuse team." -- Dunlap.