The Cincinnati Stingers of the Central Hockey League formally folded following a 10-1 loss against Oklahoma City in front of 949 fans at Riverfront Coliseum. "It is with deep regret that I must announce that the Cincinnati Stingers are unable to continue and will cease operations effective immediately," Ronald Ryan, executive vice president and general manager, said in a prepared statement after the game.
Bud Poile, president of the Central Hockey League, said the Stingers told him in the afternoon before their last game that the franchise could not carry
on. "At 3 p.m., they reached the point that they realized that the Stingers operation must fold," Poile said. "I am more embarrassed than disappointed.
We've explored all possibilities and there's no way we can continue for this year. "There is no way any team in our league can operate under these conditions, which include the highest hockey rent in the world - $7,300" per game in Riverfront Coliseum."
Former WHA Stinger Paul Stewart gave the fans in attendance a show in the last game, fighting three times.
Thanks to Don Helbig for the information