September 20th, 2006, 11:50 AM #1
The Future of AHC, from the mouth of the owner
I just personally had a nice long conversation with Ken Murchison the GM/Owner of Anaheim Hockey Club regarding it’s future. Because of all the rumors about the place closing as of January etc., I sent him an email last week. He actually took the time to call me and make sure he gets the word out to stop the rumors. It is true that the building is up for sale that much is true. Ken owns the company, and of course not the building. The owner is showing the building. AHC does have quite a bit of time left on their lease ( I don’t recall whether he said a year or two). When the lease is up and if he were to have to pay market value.. He obviously wouldn’t be able to do that. But as of right now they are good there. They are looking at other locations to move the facility, the owner of the building is assisting Ken in the search. From what he said the owner and Ken have a good relationship. And as soon as something happens he would know first thing. It’s not just going to be lights off, doors closed without warning like other places lately. He stated that he has been spending allot of time, money , and effort to improve the rink (especially lately). With adding hockey monkey to run the pro shop, fixing the locker rooms, getting the ducks involved in kids programs. He said if he had any idea that the place was going to kick them out soon, he wouldn’t have put that energy into it. He says AHC is doing really good right now, and sees a bright future, especially involving the kid’s leagues and getting kids into roller hockey. He feels roller is on it’s way back up to what it used to be. They are working with the ducks to get kids involved. If/when the building is no longer being used by AHC, he’s confident that AHC will be relocated. He is very confident that everything is going to be fine and AHC will be around for a while, whether it’s there or another building. The fact that he took the time to call, and tell me personally all this tells me that everything will be fine there.. He could have blown off my email, or just replied to it with a generic answer. No, he called and chatted for a good 10 min with me about the future of AHC and roller hockey in general.. He said he really appreciated my email inquiring on what’s happening, instead of just continuing the rumor mill. Really good guy, I remember watching him back when I had Anaheim bullfrog season tickets in the early 90’s.
September 21st, 2006, 10:55 PM #2
been looking to relocate myself for almost a year now. If he can't afford fair market value NOW and is looking how is he going to able to afford it either now or in the future when it will go up more than likely. I am sure if the new owner wants to sue the building for something else ASAP AHC will die at least for awhile. Can't see the current owner say NO I won't sell if you kick them out right away.
September 28th, 2006, 09:42 AM #3
Apparently he has 2-3 years left on his lease, so he's not going anywhere for a while. But he is looking now, so that he's not screwed come a couple years from now...
September 30th, 2006, 09:53 AM #4
Thanks for that update. My team was worried about signing up for another season with all the rumors out there. Good to know we can keep playing.
October 6th, 2006, 12:11 PM #5
That was really cool of the owner to get back to you!
This is something from my commercial real estate buddy but he said that the building is being shown to perspective buyers and can be sold at any time and they are on a monthly lease. I talked to people there before re-signing for the upcomming season and they gauranteed us that they had at least a year left, so who really knows. The owner of the building and the the guy that runs AHC are good buddies.
Anyhow, hope that things work out b/c I really like that rink. Probably the best one in OC.
October 9th, 2006, 07:43 AM #6
Didnt Murchison play for the Bullfrogs?
October 9th, 2006, 10:22 AM #7
October 21st, 2006, 11:41 AM #8
Well hopefully AHC folds and the Ducks follow right behind them!
October 24th, 2006, 01:34 PM #9
October 26th, 2006, 11:20 PM #10
F stewart silver that low life piece of ****.
As for AHC, they need to get a Copper league and/or Silver going again instead of just calling Copper Brass 3.