Looks like it’s curtains for the Richmond Renegades, of the scrappy-yet-venerable Southern Professional Hockey League. The team will call it quits after this season, having fallen victim to Depression v2.0. According to Renegades owner Allen Harvie, one of the big problems is Richmond’s parochialism:
The Wiley Bridge and Route 288 and the new malls at Stony Point and Short Pump have helped us because people cross town to go to the new shopping centers, but there are still people in Midlothian and Short Pump who’ve never crossed the [James] River. There are also people who’ve lived in the Richmond area for 10 years who don’t even know we have a hockey team.
Microkhan is saddened by the Renegades’ demise, given our boundless admiration for the SPHL—a league where Manitoban-bred lugs fight valiantly in desperate hope of becoming NHL enforcers. Check out the league’s impressive body of combat at DropYourGloves.com, a clearinghouse for hockey-fight data.