The Central Hockey League lost two teams Wednesday as the Denver Cutthroats and Arizona Sundogs have suspended operations.
The league issued a statement Wednesday morning regarding the Cutthroats, while rumors of the Sundogs folding were circulating on Twitter before being confirmed by Quad-City Mallards coach Terry Ruskowski late Wednesday.
“We feel the Denver market remains a strong, viable area for minor league hockey, and has an ownership group that is passionate about making it work,” CHL commissioner Steve Ryan said in a statement that also said the Cutthroats would try to secure additional investors for the 2015-16 season.
The departure of the two teams brings the CHL down to a seven-team league after the St. Charles Chill folded on May 2.
Despite the sudden contraction of the league, there are still plans for a 2014-15 season according to Mallards president Bob McNamara.
"There is absolutely no concern relating to the upcoming season," he said. "We are currently waiting on a revised schedule from the CHL."