Lynx Suspend Hockey Operations

PRINCETON, N.J. - The ECHL announced that the Augusta Lynx have suspended operations, effective immediately and voluntarily relinquished their membership back to the League. The move comes as a result of the Augusta ownership group being unable to continue to operate in 2008-09.

"We are very disappointed for our fans, league partners and the other member teams of the ECHL," said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna. "The ECHL would like to thank the Lynx fans for all of their support."

Augusta players will immediately become unrestricted free agents.

The league announced that the Augusta at Mississippi on Thursday and the Gwinnett at Charlotte games on Thursday have been cancelled. The league said that work has begun on a revised version of the playing schedule which will be released as soon as possible.

Lightning prospects currently assigned to Augusta, Kevin Quick and Chris Lawrence, of course will not become unrestricted free agents, but will be reassigned by Tampa Bay.